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  • TPH: Production from Big Three shale plays will suffer with $50 oil

    09/30/2015 5:46:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    For the top U.S. shale plays that once seemed immune to the downturn, persistently low oil prices are starting to take their toll. The lingering crude slump is expected to drive down production next year in the nation’s premiere oil patches — West Texas’ Permian Basin, South Texas’ Eagle Ford and North Dakota’s Bakken shale — as operators spend less to stay within cash flow, according to a report by investment banking firm Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. With oil hovering around $50 per barrel, or less than half the price it fetched last year, output from the so-called Big...
  • North Dakota’s Housing Boom Is About to Go Bust

    09/29/2015 6:22:54 PM PDT · by posterchild · 27 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Beth Braverman
    Real estate developers were too late to the party in North Dakota. Just a few years after fracking sparked a shale oil frenzy that lured thousands of unemployed workers to North Dakota in the hopes of landing high-paying jobs, plummeting oil prices have sapped some oomph from the boom. As workers streamed into North Dakota, temporary camps popped up to meet the demand, and real estate developers followed suit with plans to create thousands of permanent apartments. Related: The North Dakota Boom That’s Going Bust After Oil’s Plunge But crude oil prices have fallen more than 50 percent in the...
  • F-18 Crashes West of Lemoore

    09/21/2015 6:21:40 PM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 17 replies
    Hanford Sentinal ^ | 09/21/15 | Staff reports
    An F/A-18 fighter jet aircraft has crashed west of Naval Air Station Lemoore. The crash, which happened Monday, was north of Highway 198 in a dirt field just east of the Kings/Fresno county line, about two miles west of NASL, according to Adam Barresi, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The pilot reportedly ejected from the aircraft in mid-air, parachuted to the ground, landed and walked over to emergency responders on scene, according to Kings County Fire Chief Bill Lynch. Lynch said the crash happened around 4 p.m. The pilot's name wasn't immediately available. The parachute was reported as...
  • N.D. to use abortion legal funds to pay fees in gay marriage ban case

    09/10/2015 8:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK – Some of the money set aside by North Dakota lawmakers to defend the state against legal challenges to its abortion laws will instead be used to cover attorneys’ fees awarded to lawyers for couples who challenged the state’s gay marriage ban. The state Emergency Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve a request by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to transfer $75,000 from the abortion litigation fund to a separate fund for general litigation expenses. Last month, the state agreed to pay $58,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of seven same-sex couples who...
  • North Dakota oil spill cleanup slowed by lack of natural gas

    09/10/2015 5:02:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The cleanup of a massive 2013 oil spill in northwestern North Dakota is being hampered by a lack of natural gas needed to power special equipment that cooks hydrocarbons from crude-soaked soil, a state regulator said. Crews have been working around-the-clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga wheat field two years ago this month. Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the state Health Department, said Wednesday that workers will be at the site at least another two years baking oil from the soil using a process called...
  • Judge won't halt water rule nationwide

    09/05/2015 9:47:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Devin Henry
    A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the Obama administration's controversial water rule nationwide, rebuffing the request of 13 states that are battling with the Environmental Protection Agency.Judge Ralph Erickson of the North Dakota U.S. District Court ruled that there are “significant prudential reasons to limit the scope” of the injunction he already gave the 13 states last week. Other courts have denied injunctions, he said, and some states want to implement the “Waters of the United States” rule. “On the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application,” Erickson wrote. “On...
  • Heitkamp to Decide on Campaign for Governor Over Next Week

    09/03/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | September 3, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat whose seat could likely be a top target for national Republicans in 2018, will soon announce whether she will pursue a political path that could take a re-election campaign out of the picture. Evers since the state’s Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, announced he would not seek re-election next year, Heitkamp has been mulling a run. Speaking on her brother’s radio show on Wednesday, Heitkamp said she would reveal her decision in the next five to seven days. “I think she’s a 50-50 at this point,” said one Democrat familiar with her thinking, adding...
  • Texas and North Dakota grew at a torrid pace in 2014 — before crude busted

    09/03/2015 5:43:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 2, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    Robust oil and gas activity helped several states grow their economies in 2014, with the fastest growing states all heavy energy industry players, according to Commerce Department data released Wednesday. The Texas economy grew the second most among the states last year after it saw its gross domestic product increase 5.2 percent, making it one of a handful of states to outpace the U.S. economy overall. Only North Dakota was ahead of Texas last year after its GDP grew 6.3 percent. Wyoming, West Virginia and Colorado rounded out the top five. The steep fall in the price of U.S. crude...
  • Unauthorized immigrants growing in Idaho (among seven states)

    11/18/2014 1:33:58 PM PST · by knak · 29 replies
    ap ^ | 11/18/14
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Idaho was among seven states where the number of unauthorized immigrants increased between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The report also found the number of unauthorized immigrants decreased in 14 states, including Oregon, in that time period. The number stayed relatively stable in the remaining states, including Washington. Nationally, the number of unauthorized immigrants remained stable at 11.2 million between 2009 and 2012, the report found. The number of such immigrants peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, the report said. But changes occurred within states. Idaho, for...
  • Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota

    09/01/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Gregory Ferenstein
     Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.“I think it’s important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual,” he...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Open Governor’s Race Could Lure Heidi Heitkamp Home to North Dakota

    08/25/2015 2:56:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | August 24, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    The announcement Monday by North Dakota’s popular Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, that he will not seek re-election in 2016 might be enough to lure one of the state’s senators home from Washington. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., had begun to mull the possibility of a second run for the job well before Dalrymple’s announcement, and the possibility of her candidacy was talked up by leaders at the Democratic Governors Association in February. A spokeswoman for Heitkamp, the 59-year-old freshman senator who won her seat in 2012 by fewer than 3,000 votes, was non-committal when asked how Dalrymple’s exit might impact her...
  • Dalrymple Won't Seek Gubernatorial Re-Election in 2016

    08/24/2015 1:02:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, blowing the gubernatorial race wide open and intensifying speculation over whether Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will seek the state’s highest office. The 66-year-old Dalrymple said in a news release that he and first lady Betsy Dalrymple plan to spend more time with family, including their five grandchildren. “It continues to be my great privilege to serve my state, service that includes 16 years as a state representative, 10 years as lieutenant governor and (the) last five-plus years as governor,” he said. “North Dakota...
  • White Supremacist Wants to Take Over, Rename Town After Donald Trump

    08/24/2015 12:59:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Aug 14, 2015 | Adrian Glass-Moore
    After white supremacist Craig Cobb tried and failed to start a whites-only enclave in the tiny North Dakota town of Leith, he set his sights on another community: Antler, population 20-something. But establishing a presence in the town, just a few minutes from the Canadian border, has proved difficult for Cobb. Last month, he says, he bought $10,000 worth of property in the town's center from Jim Lozensky, who until recently was an Antler resident. The sale included an old bank and two nearby residential lots. Cobb wanted to turn the bank into a church for his racist religion, Creativity...
  • Sioux chants could mean consequences at UND

    08/16/2015 12:41:01 PM PDT · by Last Dakotan · 19 replies
    InForum ^ | 8/16/2015 | Anna Burleson
    GRAND FORKS – Continuing to play as UND/North Dakota wouldn't violate any NCAA rules unless fans continued to cheer for the Fighting Sioux and other schools complained about it.The NCAA passed rules restricting its members from using Native American imagery in 2005, and after a drawn out battle with tribes, lawmakers and university representatives, the University of North Dakota ultimately reached a settlement agreement and retired its Fighting Sioux name in December 2012. The school has played as UND/North Dakota ever since. But it's common knowledge in the Grand Forks area that the end of the national anthem at UND...
  • Fargo and West Fargo could see 350 refugees move to cities by the end of September

    08/13/2015 4:35:20 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 25 replies
    Overall, the U.S. plans to resettle 7,500 refugees this month and over 10,000 in September to meet it's commitment of 70,000 for this fiscal year. Most of the arrivals here in metro will be Bhutanese, Somali, Iraqi and Congolese. About 75 percent have family connections here.
  • Fargo, ND (and everywhere else) to be slammed with new refugees in next seven weeks

    08/08/2015 7:48:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Why the next seven weeks? Because fiscal year 2015 ends on September 30th and the settlers in the US State Department and in their contracting agencies want to hit the Obama target of 70,000 for the year and they have (as of July 31), 18,470 more to go! Actually that 70,000 figure that Obama announced in his Presidential Determination Letter to Congress last September is meant to be a ceiling, not a goal that they necessarily have to hit. However, since the contractors are paid by the head and they have salaries and office overhead to pay, they always try...
  • Bismarck bishop tells parishes to break ties with Boy Scouts after ban lifted on gay leaders

    08/05/2015 3:08:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP/Fox News ^ | 8/4/15
    The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck has ordered parishes in western North Dakota to sever sponsorship ties with the Boy Scouts of America following the group's decision to lift its ban on gay adult leaders. "I cannot permit our Catholic institutions to accept and participate directly or indirectly in any organization which has policies and methods which contradict the authoritative moral teachings of the Catholic Church," Bishop David Kagan wrote Monday in a letter to parishioners. The Boy Scouts last week ended its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion...
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • Federal appeals court affirms ruling blocking North Dakota abortion ban

    07/23/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service
    BISMARCK — A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s decision to block a 2013 North Dakota law that would have imposed the strictest abortion ban in the nation by outlawing abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the lawsuit in June 2013 on behalf of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s lone abortion provider, applauded the opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. “It’s beyond time these anti-choice politicians in North Dakota and...

    07/13/2015 11:14:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 13, 2015 | chriss w. street
    GasBuddy started an emergencypetition on Friday calling on Governor Brown to obtain an EPA waiver to prevent gasoline price increases of at least 50-cents a gallon in Southern California and 30-cents in Northern California. As Breitbart News warned in December in “Brown Needs Oil Trains to Prevent Skyrocketing Energy Prices,: decades of anti-oil-production-policies in the Democrat-controlled state had made residents highly reliant on inconsistent supplies of oil from Iraq and oil trains from North Dakota. With supplies now breaking down, Californians are sure to be angry paying $5 a gallon for gasoline. GasBuddy noted that an “extraordinary convergence of fuel supply problems...
  • New Report Shows 73% of North Dakotan's Can't Join The Military

    07/10/2015 1:02:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies ^ | July 09, 2015 | Ashley Bishop
    It is a shocking number; 73%of young North Dakotan's can not join the military, because they are too fat, too dumb or either a criminal or drug user.
  • ( 13 ) States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

    07/06/2015 2:09:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | June 29, 2015 | Daniel Enoch
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who joined in the lawsuit, noted that 35 states have filed comments in opposition to the rule and several other attorneys general are considering filing challenges. The EPA is overstepping...
  • Armed Home Invasion Latest in Street War Between Two Immigrant Groups [Fargo, ND]

    06/14/2015 7:14:11 PM PDT · by MrBambaLaMamba · 26 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 | Valley News Live
    Police are investigating an armed home invasion, and a crash that followed in South Fargo. Lt. Joel Vettel says they are looking for two people of interest: Luke Goodridge and Isaac Nyemah. Police say Goodridge, Nyemah, and the others involved, are the same people who have been caught up in a street crime war for the past several days. Officers say following a home invasion, several people left in a car. People in the home jumped into another car and gave chase. That led up to the crash. At least two people involved in the home invasion jumped out of...
  • Police: U.S. Airman Marcell Willis Shoots Walmart Workers, Kills Self

    05/27/2015 2:37:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    A U.S. airman “with no apparent motive” walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, police said. Grand Forks police said the shooting a few minutes after 1 a.m. may have been random, with no link yet found between Marcell Willis, 21, and either the store or the employees. Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city....
  • 2 dead, several hurt in shooting at Grand Forks, ND, Walmart

    05/26/2015 4:28:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2015
    Grand Forks police have confirmed that two people have died in a shooting in a Grand Forks Walmart store. ... Officers discovered "multiple victims" inside the store, and that several of them were taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
  • Oil-patch women say energy industry is safe place with opportunities(Antfrac group says no)

    05/25/2015 3:05:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    foxnews ^ | 5/25/15 | r port
    <p>Judging by its critics, the energy industry – and specifically the oil and gas industry in North Dakota – isn’t female-friendly. Yet women who live and work in the oil patch say the energy industry isn’t just a safe place for women, but that there are plenty of opportunities for everybody.</p>
  • Wood Mackenzie: Bakken, Eagle Ford Not Past Prime

    05/20/2015 4:41:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | May 19, 2015 | Karen Boman
    Bakken production will keep growing, albeit at a slower pace, and the Eagle Ford still has running room within high-return portions of the play, according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. The Bakken and Eagle Ford together produce just over 2.5 million barrels per day of oil, or nearly two-thirds of U.S. tight oil production. Higher oil prices in the 2013 to 2014 timeframe spurred operators to drill not only in the core of the Williston Basin, but in the fringe and speculative areas. This included areas along the Montana-North Dakota border, the northern most part of the play...

    05/14/2015 3:29:06 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 4 replies
    Thomas More Society ^ | May 13, 2015 | Thomas More Society
    (May 13, 2015 – Fargo, ND) – Fargo North and Davies High Schools have officially recognized two Students for Life Clubs organized by pro-life students Brigid O’Keefe and Katie McPherson. The approval came in response to a demand letter sent by the Thomas More Society on behalf of the students and Students for Life of America,
  • Shale oil output at Bakken and Eagle Ford starts a descent

    05/12/2015 4:37:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 11, 2015 | Myra P. Saefong
    Oil production from the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays look like they’ve peaked and other shale plays may not be far behind. Oil production from seven major U.S. shale plays is expected to fall by a total of 86,000 barrels a day in June, according to a monthly report from the Energy Information Administration released Monday. The previous report released a month ago also showed a forecast for a fall of 57,000 barrels a day in May. Oil output at the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas is forecast to see the biggest decline, down 47,000 barrels a...
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • Anti-gay Republican state lawmaker comes out after Grindr account exposed

    04/29/2015 9:43:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Chasmar
    North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning has come out as bisexual after a 21-year-old man claimed the Republican sent him a photo of his genitals via the gay dating site Grindr. Mr. Boehning, 52, says the man who came forward is retaliating against him for a recent vote against expanding gay rights, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported. Dustin Smith, 21, contacted the newspaper earlier this month, saying he recognized Mr. Boehning from Grindr, chatting under the user name Top Man! According to exchanges reviewed by The Forum, Mr. Boehning sent Mr. Smith an unsolicited photo of his penis on March...
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Same-sex couple proud to walk down prom grand march together

    04/24/2015 5:44:21 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 42 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Apr 23, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. | Garrett Richie
    When Cayla Vondal and Shi Laughlin began dating four months ago, the two juniors weren't sure if they would be able to walk down the Central High School Prom Grand March together as a same-sex couple. Vondal—who is a lesbian—and Laughlin—who is bi-sexual and identifies with the gender neutral pronoun "they"—have been friends since the first day of first grade. Neither of them had heard of a same-sex couple walking down the grand march, but when Vondal approached school administration, she was told there was no reason they couldn't.
  • EOG has lion’s share of 900 North Dakota wells awaiting fracking

    04/20/2015 5:21:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Ernest Scheyder
    Oil producer EOG Resources Inc has the lion’s share of an estimated 900 North Dakota wells waiting to be fracked, according to state data, showing that even major oil titans are mothballing operations while they hope for a rebound in oil prices. For months the conventional wisdom in North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation had been that smaller producers with weak cash flow comprised the bulk of that estimate. While the estimate had been published monthly, it was not clear until a Tuesday update from the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) who was dominating the list. Oilfield service companies have...
  • Shop: Ban of those who nixed gay rights bill served purpose (Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo ND)

    04/12/2015 10:06:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2015 10:45 AM EDT | Dave Kolpack
    A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been “99.9 percent positive” and that he made his point, even if a few people didn’t like it. Joe Curry, one of the worker-owners of the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, posted a newspaper page in the shop earlier this month that showed the 55 Republican state House members who rejected a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. It was accompanied by a sign...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Report: People Fleeing High-Tax States for Low-Tax Alternatives

    04/08/2015 10:08:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2015 - 9:38 AM | Rudy Takala
    Utah, Texas, and North Dakota, where taxes are low, are the most economically vibrant states in the country, according to a new report. The high-tax states of New York and Michigan rank at the bottom. Additionally, the report found, millions of people left highly-taxed states for low-tax states between 2003 and 2013. The 8th edition of Rich States Poor States, an annual report released by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Wednesday, found that 1.5 million people left New York between 2003 and 2013, the largest exodus of any state. California came in second by that indicator, with 1.4...
  • School District Discriminates Against Pro-Life Clubs

    04/08/2015 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2015 | Blake Neff
    Two students seeking to start school pro-life clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, are claiming they are victims of unconstitutional discrimination from officials opposed to their cause.According to a complaint letter sent by the Thomas More Society (TMS), a public interest law firm assisting the students, Brigid O’Keefe of Fargo North High School and Katie McPherson of Fargo Davies High School have each spent months attempting to establish pro-life clubs at their schools, to no avail. McPherson first applied to found a club in September 2014, while O’Keefe applied last February. Both had their applications declined, with O’Keefe saying she and other potential club members were...
  • North Dakota governor issues memo barring gay discrimination

    04/06/2015 5:35:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2015 6:46 PM EDT | James MacPherson
    North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on Monday saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s chief of staff sent the letter to all agency directors appointed by the governor. “This administration expects all cabinet agencies to hire employees and to maintain agency staff based on ability and performance,” Chief of Staff Ron Rauschenberger wrote. “Ours remains a policy of non-discrimination, including no discrimination based...
  • ND House kills bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation

    04/03/2015 7:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    INFORUM ^ | April 2, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK – For the third time in six years, North Dakota lawmakers have killed legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, despite warnings from some Democrats and Republicans that it could tarnish the growing state’s image and attract backlash similar to what Indiana and Arkansas have faced in recent days. Kevin Tengesdal, a gay U.S. Navy veteran from Bismarck who had testified for the bill and helped fill the House balcony in support of it Thursday, brushed away tears and hugged fellow supporters outside the chamber after the vote. “It was disheartening. When can our voice be heard?”...
  • Five companies face restrictions after flaring too much gas

    04/03/2015 4:58:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 52 replies
    Bismarck Tribune ^ | 4/2/2015 | Lauren Donovan
    he State Oil and Gas Division has taken action against five oil companies that are flaring more gas than is allowed under the state’s new gas flaring order and policies. Starting this month, the companies were ordered to choke down production to 100 barrels per day on certain wells or face potential daily penalties. Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter said this is the highest number of companies and the most wells to be placed under restriction since a flaring order went into effect, calling for companies to capture 77 percent of produced gas by start of January this year. The companies...
  • New Regs Ignore Fact Fracking Doesn't Taint Well Water

    04/02/2015 9:03:55 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: New federal regulations on fracking on public land ignore a study documenting that methane found in well water is unrelated to the location of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells. When the Obama administration recently released its new regulations on fracking — regulations that it said were needed to keep up with the advance and success of the decades-old technology to meet public safety needs — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance immediately filed suit, saying that the new regs were based on "unsubstantiated concerns" that lacked any scientific basis. "Hydraulic fracturing has been conducted...
  • New rules for N.D. oil shipments

    04/02/2015 6:30:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-31-15 | James MacPherson
    Following a spate of explosive accidents involving North Dakota crude, the state on Wednesday began requiring companies to remove certain liquids and gases from oil before it's loaded onto rail cars -- a move industry and state regulators believe will make for safer shipments. The rules, developed over the past year, require all crude from the oil patch to be treated by heat or by pressure to reduce its volatility before being loaded onto train cars. "North Dakota's crude oil conditioning order is based on sound science and represents an important step in the ongoing work to ensure that oil-by-rail...
  • Minnesotans in oil train ‘danger zones’ urged to prepare

    04/01/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    echopress ^ | Don Davis
    people need to take some personal awareness of what’s around them,” Kevin Reed of the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department said. “‘How do I get out of the way before the fire department gets here?’” Minnesotans should answer in advance questions such as “what would I take with me?” he added. People living within a half mile of railroad tracks carrying North Dakota oil are in an area officials say is a “danger zone.”
  • N. Dakota Law Authorizes Hemp Farming, Effectively Nullifies Federal Ban (Tells DEA to pound sand)

    03/31/2015 11:17:25 PM PDT · by Ken H · 21 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | March 29, 2015 | n/a
    BISMARCK, N.D. (Mar. 29, 2015) – Last week, Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a bill into law authorizing the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same. Introduced by Reps. David Monson (R-10) and Alan Fehr (R-36) along with Sen. Tom Campbell (R-19), House Bill 1436 (HB1436) passed 87-5 in the House last month. A 46-1 vote in the Senate this month sent the bill to Dalrymple’s desk for a signature. HB1436 not only sets up the framework to effectuate a commercial hemp farming program in the state, it expressly rejects...
  • Microseismic Plus Refrack Could Equal More Production

    03/31/2015 5:22:10 AM PDT · by thackney
    E&P Hart Energy ^ | March 23, 2015 | Velda Addison
    Production from U.S. unconventional plays—boosted by advances in completion technology and techniques—has undoubtedly transformed the oil and gas scene both in the U.S. and abroad. However, low recovery rates for shale oil and gas plus steep declines for wells show there is still room for improvement. Some are turning to microseismic and refracks to better results given today’s market conditions. “Beating the decline curve in unconventional reservoirs requires continuous drilling and completion of new wells. This can be costly and time consuming,” Sudhendu Kashikar, vice president of completions evaluation for MicroSeismic Inc., explained in a webcast this week. “Refracking provides...
  • Fact Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isn’t really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we can’t help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson … or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a “fact-check,” it reads more like an advocacy...
  • North Dakota becomes 27th state calling for federal balanced budget amendment

    03/27/2015 6:04:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 3/25/15 | Mike Nowatzki
    North Dakota has joined 26 other states in passing a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, though some Republican lawmakers feel it doesn’t go far enough to rein in Congress and other branches of the federal government. The state Senate passed a resolution Tuesday asking Congress to call a convention for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. “If we want fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C., it has to come from the states. We have to be bold in our approach to them,” said Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, a sponsor...