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  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org 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
    thedickinsonpress.com ^ | 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...
  • Fargo Police Want Citizens To Give Them Voluntary Access To Their Video Streams

    03/25/2015 9:03:47 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    SayAnythingBlog.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Rob Port
    The Fargo Police Department has launched a voluntary program whereby they’re requesting that citizens give them access to their video feeds in exchange for a sticker: FARGO – If you’ve got a video camera, police want to take a peek. A new program unveiled Tuesday allows residents and business owners here to give police access to their video cameras. Police say they’d like to use the footage to solve and deter crime. …The program, called SafeCam, “helps citizens be proactive in protecting their homes,” said Officer Jessica Schindeldecker.Those who register their cameras will receive a Police Department sticker, intended to deter...
  • Grassley, Tillis: Illegal Alien With Drug Charges Got DACA Amnesty Before Allegedly Murdering Three

    03/20/2015 9:39:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- An illegal alien and known gang member who has been charged with first-degree murder in North Carolina was granted deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), despite having been placed in removal proceedings for drug charges in 2012, according to a press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez. (Police mugshot.) Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was charged in February with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people in Charlotte, N.C, including a 19-year-old former America’s Next Top Model...
  • Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

    03/20/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies
    FuelFix ^ | 19 Mar 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is set to issue the first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing on Friday, with new mandates targeting oil and gas wells on public land. The Interior Department rule reflects years of work by regulators seeking to balance environmental interests and economic imperatives in setting baseline standards for the way wells are constructed and stimulated for oil and gas production. But the final version, set to be unveiled Friday by Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, according to stakeholders familiar with the timeline, is unlikely to appease environmentalists who have argued for strong protections or oil...
  • IT Worker Replaced by Foreign National Regrets Voting for Obama

    03/18/2015 1:04:00 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 69 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    “I’ve paid my taxes, obeyed the laws and have been a good citizen supporting the community with donations,” the former SCE worker wrote. “I voted for President Obama and was appalled that he implemented a rule change, which allows work permits to H-1B spouses. My future votes will only go to candidates that support reforms to the H-1B visa program that preserve the American worker.”
  • Falling rig counts drive projected near-term oil production decline in 3 key U.S. regions

    03/17/2015 9:56:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 17, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA's most recent Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) indicates a change in the crude oil production growth patterns in three key oil producing regions: the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, and Bakken. The DPR estimates, which were issued on March 9 and cover the months of March and April, include the first projected declines in crude oil production in these regions since publication of the DPR began in October 2013. However, with production gains continuing in other regions, particularly the Permian, overall crude oil production in regions tracked by the DPR rose slightly in March to 5.6 million barrels per day. Total production...
  • Out of Keystone debate’s glare, pipelines going in nationwide

    03/16/2015 4:55:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 16, 2015 | Associated Press
    In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state’s sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming. In West Texas, engineers activated a new pipeline that cuts diagonally across the state to deliver crude from the oil-rich Permian Basin to refineries near Houston. And in a string of towns in Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, local government officials are scrutinizing the path of pipeline extensions that would pass nearby. While...
  • Fargo man locked out of car allegedly uses opportunity to rip off rescuing locksmith

    03/14/2015 5:11:32 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 7 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Mar 13, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. | Emily Welker
    MOORHEAD, Minn. – A Fargo man is accused of stealing the tools from a locksmith who helped him after he was locked out of his car in the Target parking lot here Wednesday.
  • Safety questions, Are standards for conditioning Bakken crude oil for transport adequate?

    03/13/2015 12:01:59 PM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of March 15, 2015 | Maxine Herr
    Fiery explosions from North DakotaÂ’s Bakken oil in recent weeks are raising questions about the safety of the light, sweet crude, even with new oil conditioning standards to take effect April 1, at the same time that a major North American railroad is questioning whether it even wants to be in the crude transport business (see story below). But North DakotaÂ’s top industry regulator says the new standards are only one part of the solution to eliminate rail car explosions, so heÂ’s urging the federal government to hurry with its new rail safety rules. In December, the North Dakota Industrial...
  • Texas, North Dakota lawmakers jump into oil export fray

    03/13/2015 5:23:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Oil producers and their allies are looking beyond the nation’s capital in their quest to end the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude. While Congress and the Obama administration deliberate the issue, state lawmakers in oil-flush North Dakota and Texas aren’t waiting to act and instead have advanced resolutions that take aim at the trade restrictions. The North Dakota Senate on Tuesday approved its resolution urging Congress to lift the ban on crude exports and outlining its case for those foreign sales. The 1970s-era trade restrictions, inspired by the OPEC oil embargo, were designed to preserve domestic price ceilings and...
  • Family Says Racist Photo of Denfeld Student 'Absolutely a Hate Crime' (Minnesota)

    03/10/2015 6:52:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WDAY-TV ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Haavik, WDIO TV
    The Duluth School District is deciding how to move forward after a racist photo surfaced at Denfeld High School through social media. The photo showed an African American student with a noose around his neck, and the caption "Gotta hang em all." Stephan Witherspoon says the student in the picture is his nephew. "I feel heartbroken," he said. "A little fearful. Because, you know, this type of hate represents a lot more than just a picture that was spread around in the school. It represents a people that have been oppressed for hundreds of years — hosed and burned and...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

    03/05/2015 5:21:27 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 5, 2015 | Michael Brick
    Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of disclosures released last week. Those disclosures, dated last summer, provided a limited view of forecasted shipments. Volumes in Harris County remain the highest, an average topping out at six million gallons a week. Federal emergency orders — approved last spring after a series of fiery derailments involving...
  • Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking

    03/01/2015 8:53:15 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/01/2015
    Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle production in the U.S. and other competing nations, but they didn’t drop it enough to stifle the U.S. oil and gas boom from fracking, a senior expert with McKinsey and Company said in Chicago. “If the Saudis think they’re going to put U.S. shale players out of business, they’re probably not, although there will be less drilling,” Joe Quoyeser told about 125 people, mostly graduate students, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Energy Conference on Wednesday. ”But there are other elements of oil supply that are needed to balance the market...
  • The Saudi project, part two Oil is back over $60 a barrel. Is the market returning to normal?

    02/20/2015 4:33:23 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 21st 2015 | The Economist
    STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other people’s profit margins at the expense of their own market share. That signal has been weakened by the growing amount of oil in storage, which is absorbing most of the glut. World oil stocks rose about 265m barrels last year and Société Générale, a French bank, reckons they...
  • Bakken Decline Rates Worrying For Drillers

    02/27/2015 5:35:17 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 26 February 2015 | Ron Patterson
    I have been supplied an Excel spreadsheet of all North Dakota wells back to 2006, thanks to Enno Peters and Dennis Coyne. I only used the data back to 2007 however. This is a wealth of information if we want to know how many wells came on line in a given month, we simply count them. We are given the monthly production data for each month. And since we have the monthly production data we can very easily figure the decline rate of each well, or any group of wells for any month or year. A note on the data....
  • No apology planned over Muslim prayer, says ND House leader Al Carlson

    02/24/2015 9:38:09 AM PST · by skeptoid · 29 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 23, 2015 at 8:46 p.m. | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK – North Dakota’s House majority leader said Monday no apology is planned for the decision to stop a Muslim from delivering the chamber’s opening prayer on Ash Wednesday because some members wanted a Christian pastor to give the invocation. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Friday calling on North Dakota Republican Party leaders to apologize to Dr. Nadim Koleilat, who ended up delivering the Senate prayer that day.
  • Minnesota Muslim group: North Dakota GOP should apologize

    02/21/2015 10:45:14 AM PST · by skeptoid · 26 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 20, 2015 at 1:19 p.m. | Forum News Service
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Muslim group is calling on North Dakota Republican leaders to apologize for un-inviting a Muslim leader from offering an invocation before the state House. "Lawmakers of any political persuasion should reject religious bigotry and exclusion," Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter, said Friday in a statement. House Republican leaders said earlier they asked Nadim Koleilat not to participate on Ash Wednesday after some in Republican House members complained it was inappropriate. Koleilat, who leads the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, was asked by the state Senate to offer an invocation the...
  • House Republicans cancel prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday; say they'll reschedule him

    02/21/2015 10:32:28 AM PST · by skeptoid · 18 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 20, 2015 at 1:31 a.m. | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK – Republican leaders in the North Dakota House of Representatives said they canceled the opening prayer by a Muslim on Ash Wednesday because some members thought it was more appropriate to have a Christian deliver the invocation. Dr. Nadim Koleilat, board president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, ended up giving the invocation in the Senate instead of the House. Comments made on the District 24 Republicans’ Facebook page – including one posted Monday that called Koleilat’s planned appearances in the House on Wednesday and in the Senate next week “political correctness at its worst” – were brought to...
  • Why oil is the 'canary in the coal mine': Analyst

    02/20/2015 11:15:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Since economies drive commodity prices, not the other way around, the collapse in oil is more of a demand issue than it appears, said Stephen Schork, founder and editor of The Schork Report newsletter. The influential oil analyst told CNBC on Friday that there's an "absolute glut" in crude, but the demand side of the equation can't be overlooked. "When you have such a sharp fall in commodity prices, that's because of economic demand. And I think that's a very worrisome telltale." "Oil prices are the canary in the coal mine," Schork said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "I don't...
  • Nebraska Judge Stops TransCanada from Using Eminent Domain for Keystone XL

    02/18/2015 10:13:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Zoë Schlanger
    Last month, a Nebraska Supreme Court decision approved a route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through the state. That decision effectively allowed TransCanada, the pipeline company, to begin issuing eminent domain papers to landowners in the way. But a fresh lawsuit brought by nearly 70 landowners has spurred a Nebraska judge to halt TransCanada’s eminent domain proceedings, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. “TransCanada sees the writing on the wall,” Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, a group fighting the pipeline, said in a statement following the judge’s decision to issue an injunction. “Nebraska landowners are not going to cave...
  • TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

    02/14/2015 6:16:04 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Undaunted by the long battle over Keystone XL and current low oil prices, TransCanada Corp. is planning to build another border-crossing pipeline that would ferry North Dakota crude to refineries in Eastern Canada. TransCanada executives confirmed Friday they have signed contracts with shippers for enough capacity on the proposed 285-mile Upland pipeline to go forward with the project. It would move as many as 70,000 barrels a day of oil away from North Dakota’s Williston Basin, giving producers another alternative to shipping that crude by rail. “There is no question that production is up in North America, across the board,”...
  • After West Virginia Oil Train Derailment, Sign Keystone Bill

    02/19/2015 11:08:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 19, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: Three million gallons of Bakken crude burning in rural West Virginia after an oil train derails in a snowstorm ought to underscore the environmental safety of replacing rail cars with the Keystone XL pipeline. One of the reasons President Obama says he'll veto the Keystone pipeline bill that, as a result of last November's GOP electoral gusher, has found its way to his desk is that it will only carry Canadian crude to foreign markets and is not worth jeopardizing the environment. Two things are wrong with that argument. The first is that Keystone XL will also bring Bakken...
  • TransCanada Corp moves forward with Upland pipeline

    02/16/2015 12:02:10 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Financial Post ^ | February 13, 2015 | Claudia Cattaneo
    As U.S. legislation to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline waited Friday for a promised veto from U.S. President Barack Obama, the Calgary-based company said it would move ahead with another cross-border pipeline — this one to transport oil in the opposite direction. The $600-million, 460-kilometre Upland pipeline, first proposed in July 2014, has received the shipper support it requires to link multiple points in North Dakota to the proposed Energy East pipeline at Moosomin, Sask., TransCanada said Friday. The $12-billion Energy East pipeline would be an all-Canadian affair — an idea largely borne of frustrations with Washington’s interminable dithering...
  • Eight men arrested in Grand Forks prostitution

    02/13/2015 3:20:59 PM PST · by skeptoid · 41 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 02/134/2014 at 3:43 p.m. | John Hageman
    A prostitution sting resulted in eight arrests Thursday night in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Police Department conducted the operation by putting advertisements on Backpage.com, a classified advertising website. The arrests were made at a local hotel, according to Lt. Dwight Love of the Grand Forks Police Department. Love said the ad netted 30 to 40 responses. "Quite honestly, we could probably do it once a week for a while and get that many," he said. "We were pretty shocked by the level of responses we got."
  • Lawmakers hear 'john school,' forced abortion bills (North Dakota)

    02/05/2015 12:59:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    thedickinsonpress.com ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | Katherine Lymn
    BISMARCK -- Legislators continued their look at new bills to combat sex trafficking in North Dakota on Tuesday, taking up proposals to require school for "johns" and increased penalties for pimps that force abortions. Anti-trafficking groups are hoping for the adoption of a uniform trafficking law, increased penalties for sellers and buyers of commercial sex and significant resources for victims. Hearings on the package of bills began last week by the Senate Judiciary committee. Senate Bill 2332, from Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, goes after the demand for commercial sex, which many say creates the market for pimps. The bill...
  • Obama's Irresponsible Keystone XL Veto Threat

    02/02/2015 10:41:12 AM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Stimulus: Obama says jobs from the Keystone project aren't permanent and it's just one pipeline that will move foreign oil to foreign markets. But fixing the bridge he once used as a prop didn't create permanent jobs either. 'Let's set our sights above a single pipeline," the leader of the party of infrastructure told Congress in the State of the Union. But this Congress has 80 more Republicans than when he took office, and on Thursday the Senate rejected his admonition by a 62-36 vote. Eight Democrats crossed the aisle after a series of amendment votes, a process that had...
  • Union strikes at 9 US refineries in bid for new contract

    02/01/2015 12:34:34 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    CNBC .. Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2015 | Lucy Nicholson
    Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The walkouts, the first held in support of a nationwide pact since 1980, target plants that together account for more than 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending. Royal Dutch Shell, the lead industry negotiator, indicated talks had broken down. ... Shell activated a strike contingency plan at its sprawling joint venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, to keep...
  • Contributions of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing to the USA Economy

    01/30/2015 5:37:01 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 1-29-2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980’s, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface. As this technology was applied throughout the USA environmental upsets occurred (e.g. well water contamination in Weis County TX and Methane leaks in Dimrock PA. Recent peer review studies [Cornel, Stanford, Duke, Texas University, Penn State University and Ohio State University] have shown that these incidents could have been avoided by maintaining proper well integrity. State regulatory agencies now require adherence to industry standards, to ensure...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • N.D. Catholic school students to lead national anti-abortion march

    01/20/2015 6:10:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    bismarcktribune.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Amy R. Sisk
    Students who attend Catholic schools in North Dakota will carry the lead banner next week in the annual March for Life on the National Mall in Washington. More than 160 students from schools within the Bismarck Diocese will join their peers from Shanley High School in Fargo to lead a crowd expected to exceed 500,000 in the anti-abortion march, said Nick Emmel, a religious studies teacher at St. Mary's Central High School. While in Washington, students also will attend conferences, tour the monuments and visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he said. This is the second year students from...
  • ALCO stores closing across state, nation

    01/18/2015 10:48:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Ken Stephens
    ALCO stores nationwide, including those in South Hutchinson and 21 other small Kansas communities, are closing. The stores, which typically serve small towns with few other options for everything from clothing to housewares and groceries, began conducting going-out-of-business sales on Friday morning, a day after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas authorized ALCO’s owners – Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC – to begin doing so. In all, 198 stores in 23 states will close, as will the 113-year-old discount retailer’s 352,000-square-foot distribution center in Abilene. During the liquidation sale, the company plans...
  • War On Shale: EPA Targets Fracking Boom With New Regs

    01/15/2015 10:09:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15. 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: In spite of dramatically lower methane emissions from fracking, according to the EPA's own data, the agency wants to impose draconian regulations on the oil and gas industry similar to those on coal. The new rules that the White House announced on Wednesday aim to cut oil emissions of methane, a target of environmental groups, by 45% below 2012 levels, despite the fact that the emissions already show a sharp decline even as shale oil and gas production has skyrocketed. This war-on-shale action mirrors the administration's war on coal, with EPA rules impossible to meet economically and sometimes...
  • Appeals Court Hears Arkansas, North Dakota Abortion Cases

    01/13/2015 5:32:51 PM PST · by Morgana
    abc news ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press
    A closely watched legal fight over two of the nation's most stringent abortion bans resumed Tuesday, with attorneys for North Dakota and Arkansas asking a federal appeals court to reinstate two laws overturned by two separate lower federal courts. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard back-to-back oral arguments Tuesday but made no immediate ruling after giving each side 15 minutes to present its case. Several questions by the three-judge panel suggested that the two states face a difficult task to uphold laws that seemingly challenge the U.S. Supreme Court standard established more than four decades...
  • N.D. Supreme Court refuses to rehear medication abortion law

    01/07/2015 5:24:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WDAZ ^ | 1.7.05 | orum Staff Report
    BISMARCK – The North Dakota Supreme Court has declined to rehear arguments against their ruling that upheld a state law passed in 2011 that limits drug-induced abortions. The state’s only abortion clinic petitioned the high court for a rehearing in November to clarify what it called ambiguities in the effects of House Bill 1297. The bill makes it illegal for doctors to provide medication abortions unless they have a contract with another doctor who has admitting privileges at an area hospital.
  • Oil price drop expected to hurt fringe areas in Bakken the most

    01/04/2015 6:09:26 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    In Forum ^ | Jan 2, 2015 | Katherine Lymn
    en Chorn had a good vacation in Minnesota last month, making it to a Vikings game, a hockey game in Duluth and getting engaged. But while he was gone, the price of oil hit him personally. “While on vacation, I got a call from someone who’s covering for me and said, ‘Hey your rig’s being laid down,’” said Chorn, who does geology work on rigs for Sunburst Consulting. He’s had a slow six weeks since then. The oil price drop will impact fringe regions in the Bakken the most, experts said, because the oil there costs more to extract. “I...
  • ND: K9 Unit Tracks Down Illegal Immigrants

    12/29/2014 11:15:51 AM PST · by tellw · 17 replies
    KXNews ^ | 12/29/14 | Mike Chaussee
    The McKenzie County sheriff's department used its K9 team to track down three men who fled an accident scene in McKenzie county last week. The dogs led deputies and officers from the U-S Border Patrol through three miles of badlands where they found two of the men. They caught the third man two days later near Williston, after reports of a drug transaction. The Border Patrol was involved because all three of the suspects are illegal immigrants. The sheriff's office reports that one of the men has been deported 33 times.He will be charged with felony immigration violations. The suspects...
  • Railcar Bottleneck Looms for Oil

    12/22/2014 6:14:48 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | BOB TITA
    One-third of the crude oil hauled from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region by railcars could be forced off the tracks and into expensive truck fleets in the next four years, according to a railcar-industry trade group. The Railway Supply Institute says there aren’t enough shops to retrofit cars carrying flammable liquids in time to meet proposed federal deadlines, and that tens of thousands of cars will be idled as a result. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants tank cars carrying crude oil to be retrofitted with more puncture-resistant features in two years, and those carrying ethanol to be upgraded in...
  • As they say in Kentucky; "Cymru am bith".

    08/29/2002 9:51:38 AM PDT · by scouse · 63 replies · 1,787+ views
    News Wales (UK) ^ | 8/26/02 | Unknown
    Did the Welsh discover America? 26/8/2002 A team of historians and researchers announced today that Radio Carbon dating evidence, and the discovery of ancient British style artefacts and inscriptions in the American Midwest, provide the strongest indications yet" that British explorers, under the Prince Madoc ap Meurig, arrived in the country during the 6th Century and set up colonies there. Research team members have known the location of burial sites of Madoc's close relatives in Wales for some time, it emerged today; but they have decided to break their self-imposed silence in order that their research be fully known and...
  • Low Oil Prices to Slow, but Not Derail US Shale Boom

    12/17/2014 9:57:31 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 17, 2014 | Karen Boman
    Recent declines in North Sea Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices – and the recent decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain oil output – has caused speculation about whether the boom in U.S. shale exploration and production could continue. The U.S. shale revolution has created in a boom in U.S. oil production over the past five years, growing from 5.4 million barrels of oil per day (MMbopd) in 2009 to 8.6 MMbopd today. Shale gas production has also soared from 59.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2009 to more than...
  • Oil trains hold upper hand as pipeline called off

    12/17/2014 6:51:30 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 16, 2014 | Robert Grattan
    Oil producers in North Dakota don't seem ready to give up their rail cars just yet. Enterprise Product Partners has shelved plans for a pipeline out of the prolific Bakken Shale after the company was unable to secure enough crude shipment deals along the route to make the project viable. The proposed 340,000 barrel-per-day line would have run 1,200 miles from the oil fields of North Dakota to the nation's largest oil transportation hub in Cushing, Okla. Houston-based Enterprise Product Partners originally announced that it would solicit shipping commitments from Sept. 4 to Oct. 17 - a process called an...
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 79 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...
  • 'Eunice the Uterus' Puppet Draws Attention to 'The Abortion Desert' From Idaho to the Dakotas

    12/15/2014 2:33:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 15, 2014 | Melissa Mullins
    So apparently there’s a uterus puppet going around the country making videos about abortion clinics and lack thereof. Yes, there’s a puppet named Eunice, and she’s a sad uterus. Hans Johnson from JillStanek.com found this great little gem and we just had to share. He wrote: In the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category comes a video called “The Abortion Desert.” Taking a cue from the idea of “food deserts” - a lack of urban grocery stores – the abortion lobby group Lady Parts Justice nervously brings attention to the dwindling number of abortion clinics. For a serious subject,...
  • Bakken-Cushing pipeline project slammed shut

    12/14/2014 5:55:26 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) is shelving a proposed pipeline that would have transported crude from North Dakota to Oklahoma, the company announced on Friday. The news came in the midst of a brutal slide in global oil prices that have raised concerns about whether U.S. companies will continue to build on the expansion of oil production. Middle East oil producers have yet to announce a cut in production to offset the drop in crude, in what some analysts say is a slow-bleed strategy designed to make pumping crude as uneconomic as possible for the world's fastest growing non-OPEC oil producer....
  • Moderate Dems call for longer deadlines in EPA climate rule

    12/11/2014 7:02:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    Six moderate Democratic senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give states more time to comply with its climate rule for power plants. The moderate Democrats said that states should be responsible for developing their own “glide paths” toward the 2030 goal. The senators signing the letter were Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).
  • North Dakota to require every barrel of crude oil be filtered

    12/09/2014 1:33:41 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2014 | ERNEST SCHEYDER
    North Dakota is poised to impose the strictest oil standards in its history on Tuesday, requiring every barrel of crude to be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in an effort to make crude-by-rail transport safer. The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been linked to a string of fiery crude-by-rail explosions, including one last year in Quebec that killed 47 people. Governor Jack Dalrymple and the two other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) are taking the...
  • Kemp: Watching For A Drilling Slowdown In North Dakota

    12/09/2014 5:00:42 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | December 08, 2014 | John Kemp
    There are more than a dozen major shale plays in production. But just three account for almost all the rise in oil output since 2009 and nearly two thirds of all rigs in operation: the combined Bakken/Three Forks in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford and Permian in Texas. These three are the most mature plays and least likely to be affected by the decline in prices. Marginal plays are more likely to bear the brunt of any decline in drilling activity. Nonetheless, the big three account for so much of the shale boom that any slowdown will have to...
  • Why Gasoline Prices Are Down -- And How to Keep It That Way

    12/06/2014 12:16:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    If you’re like most Americans, you haven’t been questioning the welcome drop in gasoline prices. You just fill ’er up and feel grateful that you’re spending less.But why has this remarkable drop come about? And what can we do to help keep prices lower?Some of it, unfortunately, is beyond our control. Worldwide demand for oil is down now. That always causes the cost of gasoline to drop.But the other side of the equation -- the part that is under our control -- has gone largely unheralded in many media accounts: the boom in U.S. energy production. Simply put, we’re producing...
  • North Dakota taxpayers' income doubles since oil boom began

    12/08/2014 7:18:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-7-14 | James Macpherson
    BISMARCK, N.D. -- Reported income by all North Dakotans has more than doubled to a record $30.4 billion since the infancy of the state's oil boom in 2006, tax return filings show. Tax Department figures released to the Associated Press show the number of taxpayers in the state has jumped 37 percent since the state's oil bonanza began, from 339,000 in 2006 to 466,000 in 2013. Slightly more than 440,000 tax returns were filed in 2012. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said the increase in income and the number of taxpayers contributes heavily to the state's robust economy. "More people are...