N.D. becomes No. 2 oil state

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 16, 2012 - 9:42 PM

New data released this week in North Dakota put that state ahead of Alaska as an oil producer for the first time. Texas remains No. 1.

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minn12May. 16, 1210:30 PM

Look at what is happening there: A booming new oil industry, thousands of jobs, and new oil supplies that will keep gas prices low. How is this possible? Because it is private industry doing this, and NOT the government. It's possible because the environmental radicals and federal government cannot stop it with bogus claims of 'environmental catastrophe', endless 'impact statements' and bureaucratic roadblocks. Once Obama is thrown out of office in November and his radical EPA is eliminated, America will once again be able to become energy independent.

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snoebirdMay. 16, 1210:51 PM

Toxic wastewater used in fracking flows back up out of the well for about a month, but the well will continue to regurgitate a salty brine for years, which has to be collected and disposed of. How the natural gas industry handles this wastewater is a controversial issue. For a while, the wastewater was dumped directly into rivers, untreated. Some drillers shipped it to municipal water treatment plants, which weren't equipped to handle the toxic material in the waste. A current practice is to pump it temporarily into man-made, lined holding ponds. But some of those ponds have leaked. Trucks leaked wastewater as well. And there are the claims, most noticeably made in the HBO documentary Gasland, that backyard drinking water wells were being polluted by drilling.

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arielbenderMay. 16, 1211:38 PM

Wow...that picture looks like paradise. A great place to raise your kids.

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loomis828May. 17, 1212:36 AM

minn12 - did you read your comment before posting? You say when Obama and his radical EPA are thrown out of office in November. You realize of course that this oil boom happened WHILE he was in office, right? Then you say it's keeping the gas price low - what pumps are you going to? Private industry my behind - these resources belong to all of us. We will see where private industry is when this huge mess has to be cleaned up. They will be swimming in pools filled with money and we will be left with the toxic waste in our water. I do agree with you Obama dropped the ball on this, as we will be paying for this disaster for decades to come. And we still get to pay 3.50 a gallon. Boy, that was a win-win wasn't it?

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minn12May. 17, 12 3:48 AM

@loomis828: "minn12 - did you read your comment before posting? You say when Obama and his radical EPA are thrown out of office in November. You realize of course that this oil boom happened WHILE he was in office, right?"...ummm, the point you are missing is that DESPITE Obama being in office this oil is being produced. He can't stop it, even though it's his mission to kill all new fossil fuel sources from being developed. He stops everything on federal lands, and off our shores, while other countries come in off our shores, take our oil, and laugh at us. Once Obama is gone, Romney will OPEN UP drilling on all federal lands and off our own shores. Once that happens and oil is being produced all over the country, then all that supply will lower gas prices dramatically. The USA has more oil and energy than any of our foreign sources combined. It's just that for decades, the dems and the radical environmental wackos have blocked every attempt to tap our own energy sources. That will change in November. Got it now?

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tnesleyMay. 17, 12 6:00 AM

snoebird: The claims of of fraking were made in PA, and the EPA found them not to be true. loomis828: the oil boom in NoDak today is the result of Bush's policies years ago...it takes that long.

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bignellyxxMay. 17, 1210:03 AM

I think too many of the posters are giving far too much credit to our elected officials. High oil prices have made this ND oil boom possible. A similar article mentions ND oil trading for $93 per barrel. If by some miracle the price per barrel drops significantly you will see ND oil less and less. It is an expensive process which they appear to be getting better at. This oil has been known about for a long time but was too expensive to extract. I love how posters think that an increase in domestic oil will significantly reduce their price at the pump. This is a world commodity...we don't live in an isolated country. The businesses we support and our government shells out too are world businesses. They are not going to skip out on profits and dish out cheap gas just because it was drilled in the good ol' USA. While we try as hard as we can to lower our middle class there is a growing middle class in other parts of the world that are just waiting to use gas. This is a good thing for the economy now but focusing on Oil is going to bite us hard when it gets really expensive.

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beamin43May. 17, 1210:28 AM

Wow only in Minnesota would this be looked at as a bad thing. Yes, oil is a global commodity but extracting, refining it in the U.S. puts more money in everyone's pockets. There is virtually no unemployment in NoDak and the state has more tax money than they know what to do with. Look at it this way, if oil is going to stay at $100 a barrel would you rather give your money to North Dakota/Texas etc or Iran?

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swatisedMay. 17, 1210:31 AM

NorthDakota-Williston fuels ( coal, oil, shale-gas) are all "dirty". This is not the tree-hugger term dirty - but the oil industry term for fuel that contain a lot of undesireable components. It requires more processing than the same fuel type from other sources to make it useful for consumption in commercial/residential systems. Given that and its relatively high extraction costs and the new data-driven proof of high levels of methane release - the extraction,procesing and delivery to market costs may eliminate the profits on ND-willy shale-gas unless prices stay at or above $105/barrel.

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swatisedMay. 17, 1210:33 AM

bignellyxx - gets it. just like gold - its priced the same world wide. if the prices goes up in AbuDabi - it goes up here. Russia could flood the European market with gas and NorDak could go bust for a decade or more - and still have to deal with remnanats of a boom - mostly rusting away.

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