North Dakota predicts natural gas boom

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2012 - 1:21 PM

The state already is No. 2 in the nation for oil production. A new report says natural gas output is expected to grow dramatically.

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snipesolafJul. 25, 12 5:39 PM

Look! A home grown, growth industry! They have 2.6% unemployment in ND too. Good for them. Lets see what policy makers can do to inhibit this clean energy. It is 50x cleaner than coal, but since it isn't solar, greenies will hate on ND for this. Look, there are no tax dollars at stake, no federal loan guarantees, no massive subsidies or market intervention that distorts our food prices(cough cough ethanol),just private money developing a barren land so EVERYONE can heat their home for cheaper, and hopefully, drive their cars cleaner & cheaper too. Look for more natural gas vehicles in the Midwest to pop up. Good for ND, and stay the heck away, EPA.

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stupidthingJul. 25, 12 6:39 PM

Just came back from the Williston area yesterday. There are burning natural gas fires at wells all over the place. What a waste. Hope they figure out the pipeline issue for natural gas soon as it's going up in flames all over NW N.D. right now.

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ssej329Jul. 25, 12 7:14 PM

stupidthing, they've been burning off natural gas off on wells for many years. It makes the well safer, and shows you the abundance of natural gas. And remember, oil is a renewable resource. http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/what_if_oil_and_natural_gas_are_renewable_resources.html This happens to be the third paticular oil boom in that area since the 1950's. Once the well is dry, then left idle for some years, more oil is produced by the earth and fills the well.

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ddellwoJul. 25, 12 7:45 PM

Meanwhile, Obama is tooling around the country like an idiot telling everyone we need to throw a bunch of money into rinky-dink windmills......lol

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pkh123Jul. 25, 12 9:30 PM

DRILL BABY DRILL

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nd6464Jul. 25, 12 9:46 PM

With all gas and oil extraction taxes the state of ND is collecting, the state will soon have a bazillion dollar state surplus (currently around 2 bill $$$). MN should sell them the Vikings and their new stadium and make a quick buck. North Dakota could just write a check or take the cash out of their wallet and still have more money than they know what to do with.

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hoser212Jul. 25, 12 9:53 PM

While it may make economic sense to currently flare the gas, I am surprised that ND allows it. Since the state gets a percentage of money from the resource produced, and flaring wastes the natural gas, the tax collectors in ND should be pushing for the collection and not allow flaring. Flaring simply wastes resources and gives any person opposed to wasted resources another point to argue against oil and natural gas. If you cannot store it, at least use it to produce the energy to run the pumping equipment. There are smarter uses than flaring.

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huggybear28Jul. 25, 1210:30 PM

We could get more of our energy domestically, but certain people keep blocking it by denying pipeline permits and pushing excessive regulations. Instead these people would rather see us buy our oil and natural gas from dictators and oppressive leaders in foreign nations sending the money straight to them.

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martiankingJul. 25, 1210:53 PM

Don't get your hopes up that the production in ND will get sold locally. It'll go on the world market for sale to the highest bidder. Most likely Asia.

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arielbenderJul. 26, 12 2:29 AM

huggybear28Jul. 25, 1210:30 PM We could get more of our energy domestically, but certain people keep blocking it by denying pipeline permits and pushing excessive regulations. Instead these people would rather see us buy our oil and natural gas from dictators and oppressive leaders in foreign nations sending the money straight to them.____________LOL..oil is sold as a commodity on the global market. This myth that any company would sell oil nationally at a cheaper price than they could globally is hysterical. Funnier still is it's usually spread by disciples of free market economics.

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