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  • RNC official: Donald hitting 1,237 won't matter

    04/28/2016 1:45:22 PM PDT · by wrrock · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/28/2016 | Lori Ann LaRocco
    Donald Trump may be the only Republican presidential candidate who can realistically hit the magic 1,237 number for the majority of delegates, but according to a senior Republican National Committee official that does not mean he will become the GOP presidential nominee. "Even if Trump reaches the magic number of 1,237 the media and RNC are touting, that does not mean Trump is automatically the nominee," Haugland said. "The votes earned during the primary process are only estimates and are not legal convention votes. The only official votes to nominate a candidate are those that are cast from the convention...
  • Majority of North Dakota GOP delegates support Ted Cruz

    04/05/2016 11:02:10 PM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    The Jamestown Sun ^ | 05 April 2016 | Grace Lyden
    F ARGO—Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's supporters claimed the bulk of North Dakota's Republican delegates this past weekend, but the impact of that win won't be apparent for months because all of the delegates in the state are unbound. Of the 25 delegates elected at the North Dakota Republican convention, at least 17 are supporting Cruz or leaning that way. {snip} But Dever believes a lot could change between now and July, when the Republican National Convention is held in Cleveland. That's why he was surprised to see his name alongside 22 others on a list of "Cruz supporters" that was...
  • Cruz tops Trump in North Dakota delegate race

    04/04/2016 7:20:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/03/2016 | Shane Goldmacher
    FARGO, N.D. — Ted Cruz’s preferred candidates won the vast majority of convention delegates available in North Dakota over the weekend, taking 18 of 25 slots in the state in another show of organizational strength over Donald Trump. It’s still not clear how loyal all of Cruz’s slate will be if the Republican nomination heads to a contested convention in Cleveland, as several included on it told POLITICO they were only leaning toward Cruz, or simply opposed to Trump. But the result was bad news for Trump, who may need unbound delegates like those in North Dakota to lift him...
  • Cruz delegate slate wins 19 of 25 North Dakota delegates (They are all unbound)

    04/03/2016 2:35:51 PM PDT · by Iowa David · 46 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/3/16 | Patrick Ruffin
    Only 6 candidates who did not appear on Cruz slate won: Gov Dalrymple, his wife (?), AG Stenehjem, Gary Emineth, John Olson & Kelly Schmidt
  • Trump Campaign 'Loves' North Dakota Delegate Slate, Nabs Endorsement

    04/02/2016 6:44:25 PM PDT · by Fast Ed97 · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 2, 2016 | ALEXANDRA JAFFE
    FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer is endorsing Donald Trump on Sunday and has been helping the GOP front-runner woo convention delegates in the state. Trump senior adviser Barry Bennett told NBC News that Cramer's endorsement is "a huge win" for the campaign, and said he had "helped us immensely" to court delegates in North Dakota. Cramer's help, Bennett said, contributed to a slate of national delegates proposed by North Dakota GOP officials Saturday that the Trump campaign "loves." "We have seen the slate and we love it," Bennett said. "If we play our cards right we could...
  • On campuses across the country, students are standing up for Donald Trump

    04/02/2016 5:48:37 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 2, 2016 | Rosanna Xia
    Hunkered behind a MacBook decorated with stickers that read "This laptop was brought to you by capitalism" and "TRUMP 2016," Jake Lopez bounces T-shirt slogans off his friend Ian McIlvoy. "Trumplicans," he says, nodding with satisfaction. "I think it'll take off." Lopez is the California director of Students for Trump. Working from his dorm at Westmont College, he helps marshal the thousands of students who are pounding out phone calls, taping up fliers and blanketing Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat in an effort to persuade their peers that Donald Trump is the man.
  • LETTER: Military maneuvers startle already-stressed UND campus

    03/23/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 74 replies
    grandforksherald.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | Heidi Czerwiec
    Apparently, it's not enough that UND's administration is attacking the quality of education by cutting programs and experienced faculty and jacking class sizes. Now, we must also feel under physical attack as well. I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window. My first thought is for my students' and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers. I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the...
  • A Brokered GOP Convention in 2016? (from March 2014!)

    03/16/2016 7:22:17 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 21 replies
    USNEWS ^ | March 11, 2014 | David Catanese
    As the dust settled from the fiery rules meeting at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, the leading storyline that emerged was that establishment forces had once again quashed insurgent outsiders by instituting two critical changes to the way the GOP nominates its presidential candidate. One new rule cracks down on delegates who are inclined to peel away from the electoral outcome in their state, a direct response to the rabble-rousing supporters of former Rep. Ron Paul. The other rule allows the Republican National Committee to change a certain set of rules between conventions with a three-fourths vote of...
  • Donald Trump Wins North Dakota Straw Poll

    03/09/2016 11:02:24 AM PST · by georgiarat · 15 replies
    BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced Businessman Donald J. Trump won his North Dakota Repulican online straw poll. trump received 37.66% of the votes cast. Senator Ted Cruz finished second with 25.74%. Senator Marco Rubio is third with 17.26%.
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 7:41:31 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party's most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump's candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/04/2016 7:45:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 92 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/4/16 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 5:22:56 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016March 5, 2016 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt over the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Super Tuesday Scorecard: Big night possible for Donald Trump (State by State Forecast)

    02/28/2016 7:33:34 AM PST · by xzins · 160 replies
    The Hill ^ | 28 Feb 16 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump is poised to grow his delegate lead over the Republican field with a strong showing on Super Tuesday. The long-time GOP front-runner leads in the latest polls in eight of the 11 states that will vote on March 1, and heÂ’s the only candidate who is competitive across-the-board. Even worse for TrumpÂ’s rivals is that you must win at least 20 percent of the vote to get any delegates in the four states with the largest prizes. The latest polls show Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson are below the threshold in all four of those states,...
  • Donald Trump on 9/11: "You Will Find Out Who Really Knocked Down The World Trade Center"

    02/18/2016 8:38:36 AM PST · by gridlock · 339 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/18/16 | RCP
    At a Wednesday morning campaign event in Bluffton, SC, Donald Trump takes his relitigation of the Bush administration's record on 9/11 and Iraq to the next level, seeming to imply that we don't currently know who "really" committed the 9/11 attacks. Trump says if he is elected: "you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center." "It wasn't the Iraqis," he explained. "You may find it's the Saudis." "They have papers in there that are very secret," he also said, referencing the 28 still-classified pages of the 9/11 commission report. "But you will find out."
  • Low gas prices signal economic downturn elsewhere

    02/08/2016 10:41:41 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 08, 2016 | Laura Thoren
    Gas prices in Chicago are still falling, but the price at the pump is having a negative impact on the economy. ... as the cost to fill up your tank goes down, could this also be a sign -- the economy is tanking? Commodities trader Scott Shellady thinks so. "It's bad for everybody. We are going to lose one-fifth of the jobs we created in 2008," said Shellady. And he doesn't expect a market rebound anytime soon. So if you were hoping to cash in your 401K or IRA and retire in the next year, Shellady says, rethink your plans....
  • North Dakota governor orders cuts amid $1B budget shortfall

    02/07/2016 7:56:44 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Philly.com /AP ^ | 02 February 2016 | James MacPherson
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. North Dakota had more than $2 billion in various reserve accounts just one year ago, but oil prices - a key contributor to the state's wealth - have taken a nosedive in the last year. The legislature's record-high $14.4 billion budget for the two years that began July 1 was built on oil prices and economic assumptions...
  • George Will on Primary Race (video)

    02/05/2016 5:55:09 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | February 4, 2016 | George Will
    George Will on Primary Race (video)
  • North Dakota governor orders cuts amid $1B budget shortfall

    02/01/2016 1:26:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2016 3:48 PM EST | James MacPherson
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. The state had more than $2 billion in various reserve accounts just one year ago, but oil prices - a key contributor to the state's wealth - have taken a nosedive in the past year. The Legislature's record-high $14.4 billion budget for the two years that began July 1 was built on oil prices and economic assumptions that...
  • ND regulators approve route for oil pipeline that will be biggest from Bakken

    01/25/2016 8:03:04 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    InForum ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Mike Nowatzki
    orth Dakota regulators granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state's fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Public Service Commission members Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk voted to grant the permit for Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which plans initially to ship up to 450,000 barrels of oil per day on the 1,168-mile pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks regions in western North Dakota. "This is a massive infrastructure construction project,...
  • Negative Oil Prices Arrive: Koch Brothers' Refinery "Pays" -$0.50 For North Dakota Crude

    01/18/2016 10:55:19 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 34 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 01/18/2016 | Tyler Durden
    The Koch brothers are actually charging $0.50/bbl to take low grade oil at their Flint Hills Resources refining arm./ North Dakota Sour is a high-sulfur grade of crude and "is a small portion of the state's production, with less than 15,000 barrels a day coming out of the ground," Bloomberg notes, citing John Auers, executive vice president at Turner Mason & Co. in Dallas.
  • EIA: US shale oil output to decline 116,000 b/d in February

    01/14/2016 5:15:51 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 01/11/2016 | OGJ editors
    Crude oil production in February from seven major US shale plays is expected to fall 116,000 b/d to 4.83 million b/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The agency last month also projected a 116,000-b/d loss for January (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2015). The DPR focuses on the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Niobrara, Permian, and Utica, which altogether accounted for 95% of US crude oil production increases and all US natural gas production increases during 2011-13. Production from the Eagle Ford is seen dropping 72,000 b/d during the month to 1.15 million b/d,...
  • Illegals to be Housed at US Military Bases Warm welcome for lawbreakers.

    01/08/2016 12:11:58 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/6/16 | Brian Lilley
    Forget looking the other way as illegals stream across the southern border. The Obama administration is now looking at having the federal government supply housing to thousands of illegals on several military bases, according to The Washington Examiner. The new surge of illegal immigrant youths has forced the federal government to look at an emergency plan to house them at six military bases at at least two federal worker centers, according to the administration. The Pentagon is beginning "site assessments" at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts. According to the newspaper, Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby unveiled...
  • ICE officials can't release status of man accused in Mapleton rape

    01/07/2016 5:09:28 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    ValleyNews ^ | January 7, 2016 | Bradford Arick
    Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live): New information in our continued investigation into a Muslim man accused of raping a woman at a Mapleton, North Dakota travel plaza. Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ali remains in the Cass County Jail. The federal government says they cannot tell us Ali’s immigration status or if he’s a naturalized citizen. We investigated to find out why this is not a matter of public record. Shocked: that’s what regular customers at Gordy’s Travel Plaza said on the day of the assault back in early December. “So it is just shocking, I mean you get to know every customer...
  • Sapped U.S. shale budgets to come in lower than 1980s bust

    01/05/2016 11:26:46 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 5, 2016 | Collin Eaton
    As crude prices languish below $40 a barrel, American drillers are retreating from domestic oil fields even faster than in the tumultuous 1980s oil bust. U.S. oil companies are set to curb investments by 24 percent this year to $89.6 billion, meaning that from the beginning of last year to the end of this year, domestic drillers will have cut their annual capital budgets by 51 percent. That's more than the industry's 46 percent cut in the mid-1980s, according to Cowen & Co., which began its oil-company spending survey in 1982. But the oil field exodus will eventually pay off....
  • North Dakota rig count hits new low

    12/28/2015 4:39:39 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 28, 2015 | Daniel J. Graeber
    The number of rigs actively exploring for or producing oil or natural gas in North Dakota is at a historic low, state data for Monday show. Data from the North Dakota Industrial Commission show a rig count of 62 for Monday, down two from last week. The former historical low of 63 was set officially in November 2009. North Dakota is the No. 2 oil producer in the nation, behind Texas. Lower crude oil prices means less capital to invest in exploration and production, a trend reflected by declining rig counts. Oil field services company Baker Hughes reported the rig...
  • Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

    12/17/2015 10:14:48 AM PST · by thackney · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | December 17, 2015 | ANDREW SCHNEIDER
    The holiday season can bring stresses -- what with the shopping, shipping, baking and bills -- but for workers in the energy sector, this December is turning out to be especially tough thanks to industry layoffs. Take Robin Ewan, who, for more than 30 years, worked as a test engineer for Schlumberger, a global oilfield service company. Not anymore. "This is the first time around Christmas that I've been laid off, and it has a bit of an effect, because now, you know, you're wondering who to buy presents for and what presents. You're going to make it more meaningful...
  • Bottineau teacher, a Concordia graduate, charged with sex offense involving a minor

    12/16/2015 4:08:50 AM PST · by nodakkid · 53 replies
    BOTTINEAU, N.D. - A 24-year-old Bottineau Public Schools science teacher has been charged with a sex-related crime involving a minor. Marissa Ashley Deslauriers was charged Tuesday with one count of corruption or solicitation of a minor, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison, in Bottineau County District Court.The Bottineau woman had an initial court hearing Tuesday morning, where District Judge Michael Sturdevant set her bond at $10,000. Her district's website profile says she has bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry from Concordia College. Additional information, including whether the minor was Deslauriers’ student, was...
  • Letter: Editorial’s premise fundamentally false (Gun Control)

    12/11/2015 7:21:20 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 12 replies
    The Fargo Forum (a/k/a the Fool'em) ^ | 11 December 2015 | Matt Evans
    The Dec. 6 Forum editorial, “U.S. gun violence is a plague,” relies on a premise that is fundamentally false. The editorial make multiple claims that are contrary to FBI crime data. These are not differences of opinion, or complicated issues where reasonable people can have a respectful disagreement. No, the editorial makes claims of a statistical nature that are simply not supported by evidence. (Notably, the editorial offers no citations for any of its claims.) To wit, the editorial claims the following: “That gun violence is escalating.” “The record shows that current laws and attitudes about gun ownership have not...
  • MUSLIM MIGRANT Beats, Rapes North Dakota Woman While Chanting “Allahu Akbar” (VIDEO)

    12/09/2015 3:37:51 PM PST · by amorphous · 59 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9 Dec 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Abdulrahman Ali, a Somalian who arrived in America four years ago, is accused of sexually assaulting a gas station attendant in a bathroom at Gordy's Travel Plaza in Mapleton, North Dakota. After trying to kiss her, Ali allegedly forced the woman into the women's bathroom, locked the door behind him and started sexually molesting her while slapping and kicking the victim. When the woman tried to escape, Ali threw her against the wall. After law enforcement arrived, Ali refused to open the door, claiming that the victim was his wife. After police kicked in the door, the woman was found...
  • Common Core Computer Crack-up

    12/08/2015 7:47:11 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    What do Common Core and Obamacare have in common, other than the enthusiasm they engender in the White House and widespread disappointment they generate outside of it? Both programs have fatal computer glitches. "New Hampshire-based company Measured Progress, which developed online Common Core tests used in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, has acknowledged a major glitch in the tests' rollout," Chris Neal reported in School Reform News. "Technical malfunctions, such as servers crashing during testing, resulted in only 37 percent of Nevada students being able to take their exams." "Meanwhile, Montana and North Dakota only managed to test 76 percent...
  • EIA: US Shale Output Set To Fall By 600,000 Bpd In January From March Peak

    12/08/2015 4:20:24 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 07, 2015 | Reuters
    U.S. shale oil production is expected to fall by more than 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) in January from the March peak, according to a U.S. government forecast on Monday, on the back of a global glut that's slashed oil prices to a near seven-year low. Total output is set to decline by just over 115,000 bpd to 4.86 million bpd in January compared with December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's drilling productivity report. Bakken production from North Dakota is set to fall 27,000 bpd, while production from the Eagle Ford is expected to fall 77,000 bpd. In...
  • North Dakota announces 'Fighting Hawks' as new school nickname (replacing the Fighting Sioux)

    11/18/2015 8:49:13 PM PST · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | November 18, 2015 | Jerry Hinnen
    After three years of waiting, the University of North Dakota's sports programs have a nickname again. UND president Robert Kelley announced Wednesday that the former "Fighting Sioux" will now be known as the "Fighting Hawks," the nickname chosen by UND voters in an online voting runoff over runner-up "Roughriders." The "Fighting Sioux" moniker was controversially dropped at the NCAA's behest in 2012, sparking years of debate and discussion over what the university's athletics programs -- perhaps most notably, its powerhouse men's hockey program -- should be called instead.
  • North Dakota natural gas flaring targets challenged by rapid production growth

    11/13/2015 2:39:55 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs, especially in the Bakken region. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed. North Dakota's Industrial Commission (NDIC) has established natural gas capture targets in an effort to reduce the amount of flared gas, and they recently issued a revision to the flaring targets in response to faster-than-expected gas production growth in the Bakken region. North Dakota's current target is to capture and sell at...
  • EIA: Permian Basin output still growing, but other top shale plays to fall

    11/10/2015 5:47:53 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 9, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    New federal data shows that the Energy Department expects drillers in the Permian Basin to push oil production in the shale play above 2 million barrels per day for the first time ever this November. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly Drilling Productivity Report released Monday, which covers seven of the biggest shale plays in the country, projects production in the Permian to jump by 17,000 bpd this month. That increase would bring the play above the 2 million bpd mark. In December, the EIA expects the play to grow again by 11,000 bpd. But the Permian is one of...
  • One person shot at Clayton State University apartment building

    11/09/2015 9:12:17 PM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    AJC ^ | 11/09/15 | Tyler Estep and David Markiewicz
    One person was seriously injured in a shooting Monday night at a Clayton State University student apartment building. The shooting at the Clayton Station Apartments happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 3000 building of the Clayton Station Apartments, university spokeswoman Maritza E. Ferreira said in a statement. The victim is not a student, but is believed to be the relative of a student, Ferreira said. Police were still searching for the suspect Monday nigth, she added.
  • Obama Buddy Buffett Doubles BNDF investment due to Keystone Decision

    11/09/2015 7:44:39 AM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 9, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    When President Obama announced he was killing the Keystone XL pipeline, he said he was agreeing with the State Department’s assessment that the pipeline from Canada “would not serve the national interests of the United States.” The fact is that it would not have benefitted the personal financial interests of friend and economic mentor, Warren Buffett, who can rest assured that oil from Canada and the nearby Bakken formation in North Dakota will continue to be transported by a railroad he owns. As Investor’s Business Daily noted in a 2011 editorial: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of...
  • Only 1% of the Bakken Play Breaks Even at Current Oil Prices

    11/03/2015 10:38:50 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | NOV 3, 2015 | Art Berman
    Only 1% of the Bakken Play area is commercial at current oil prices based on my analysis that follows. Only 4% of horizontal wells drilled since 2000 meet the EUR (estimated ultimate recovery) threshold needed to break even at current oil prices, drilling and completion, and operating costs. The leading producing companies evaluated in this study are losing $11 to $38 on each barrel of oil that they produce, the very definition of waste. Although NYMEX prices are about $46 per barrel, realized wellhead prices in the Bakken are only $30 per barrel according to the North Dakota Department of...
  • Universities Searching for Hoaxes

    10/27/2015 9:34:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Universities have come a long way from the days of yore when they proclaimed that part of their mission was the search of truth. At the Heritage Foundation recently, Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson noted that “in the last decade…the two most significant…rape hoaxes in the United States happened on college campuses” at Duke University and at the University of Virginia. The men’s lacrosse team was accused of rape at Duke, while at UVa, “to their great shame, the student body and student newspaper rushed to the side of the accusers.” Neither of the accusers were raped, as they...
  • Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara shale plays set to lose nearly 115,000 bpd of production next month

    10/14/2015 10:13:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 14, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    Drillers in a few of the biggest shale plays in the country are set to scale back their oil production dramatically next month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s forecast released Tuesday. The EIA said in its Drilling Productivity Report that overall U.S. oil production would fall 93,000 barrels per day to 5.12 million bpd total in November, the largest decrease recorded in the agency’s data going back to 2007. The drop would also mark the seventh-straight month of production pullbacks. Three of the largest U.S. shale plays — the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara — together could lose...
  • Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana ( Donald Molloy )

    10/10/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-10-2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by conservationists after the state had sought to open 37,000 acres , mostly in the Stillwater State Forest, to timber harvesting despite what environmentalists said would be the destruction of prime grizzly bear territory. ... U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in a decision last year found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by...
  • 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
    grandforksherald.com ^ | 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...