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  • Shale Production Has Reduced Energy Prices To Levels Where Saudi Arabia Can't Fund Its Welfare State

    08/04/2016 12:58:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Saudi Arabia knew that North American shale production could potentially torpedo their hold on the energy market via oil. So, they decided to trounce the natural gas market by opening the floodgates with petroleum. It didn’t work. The Telegraph now reports that shale production has cut prices so low that they can produce at prices that are lower that what’s required to keep Saudi Arabia’s socioeconomic fabric healthy: Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has still failed to break the back of the US shale...
  • JUDGE BLOCKS NORTH DAKOTA'S VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAW

    08/01/2016 7:00:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 92 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | JAMES MACPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota's voter identification law after a group of American Indians said it unfairly burdens them - the latest court ruling against voting laws that critics say disproportionately affect minorities. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued a temporary restraining order and criticized the state for its 2013 repeal of provisions that let people without valid IDs vote if someone vouched for them or if they signed an affidavit swearing they were a qualified voter.
  • Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

    07/29/2016 8:50:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 28, 2016 | Provided by: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas. Credit: University of Illinois at Chicago/Jenny Fontaine ********************************************************************************************************************** Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy. The finding is reported in the July 29 issue of Science and was funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. A provisional patent application has been filed. Unlike conventional solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity that must be stored...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Burgum comes out on top, pledges to unite Republican party (ND / GOP / Governor)

    06/15/2016 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Fargo Forum ^ | Jun 14, 2016 | Mike Nowatzki and Patrick Springer
    BISMARCK Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum stunned the GOP establishment Tuesday with a convincing win over the partys endorsed candidate, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, an improbable victory after trailing by nearly 50 points in a poll less than four months ago. With 389 of 432 precincts reporting, the millionaire former Microsoft executive held a 60 percent to 38 percent lead over Stenehjem, with Bismarck oilfield consultant Paul Sorum a distant third at less than 2 percent. Complete results were not available at press time. Burgum now emerges as the favorite in November in a state where Republicans hold every statewide...
  • LIVE THREAD: June 7, 2016, Primary Elections -- Get out the vote!

    06/07/2016 1:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 248 replies
    US Presidential Election News-- 2016 ^ | US Presidential Election News
    Tuesday, June 7th primaries California 546 delegates Montana 27 delegates New Jersey 142 delegates New Mexico 43 delegates South Dakota 25 delegates North Dakota D Caucus 25 D delegates
  • LIVE THREAD:Donald Trump Post-Election Press Conference 6/07/2016 @ 9pm EDT Westchester, NY

    06/06/2016 4:20:49 PM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,328 replies
    You are cordially invited to attend a post-election press conference with Donald J. Trump When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 9PM EDT Where: Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Westchester, NY Attire: PJs (Black Tie Optional) Dom Perignon and a selection of appetizers and French pastries with be served. R.S.V.P @ nikos1121
  • North Dakota ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms

    05/30/2016 4:58:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 10:27 AM EDT | Blake Nicholson
    North Dakotas hog and dairy industries are hoping voters will bless state lawmakers decision to allow non-family corporations to own operations, but it could be a tough sell in a state that has safeguarded its family farming heritage for nearly a century. Up for vote in the June 14 election is whether to uphold the 2015 Legislatures move to loosen North Dakotas corporate farming ban, which has tried to keep crop and pasture in the hands of small-operation farmers and away from large out-of-state businesses that some believe might have little regard for the land. Family farming agriculture has delivered...
  • Donald Trumps Campaign Stumbles as It Tries to Go Big (Desperate Media Alert)

    05/28/2016 4:47:07 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/27/2016 | Ashley Parker
    BISMARCK, N.D. A constant stream of changes and scuffles are unsettling Donald J. Trumps campaign team, including the abrupt dismissal this week of his national political director. A sense of paranoia is growing among his campaign staff members, including some who have told associates they believe that their Trump Tower offices in New York may be bugged, according to three people briefed on the conversations. And there is confusion among his donors, who want to give money to a super PAC supporting Mr. Trump, but have received conflicting signals from top aides about which one to support. On Thursday,...
  • Energy Speech Leaves North Dakotans 'Drunk On Trump'

    05/27/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 12 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Lori Ann LaRocco
    Donald Trump's promise to get government out of the way of energy companies was greeted with hoots and hollers in shale-rich North Dakota, where the presumptive GOP presidential nominee presented his plan. Shortly before the speech Thursday, John Trandem, a North Dakota GOP delegate, became the decisive 1,237th to declare support for the New York tycoon's bid for the nomination. In his speech at an energy conference, Trump called for cutting regulations and for building the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has blocked. "I'm drunk on Trump," proclaimed John Olson, a North Dakota unbound delegate and attorney representing...
  • Trump thanks North Dakota for nomination-clinching delegates, outlines U.S. energy vision

    05/26/2016 6:47:29 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | May 26, 2016 | Doug G. Ware
    "[Hillary] Clinton can't just shut down the mines, she could shut down the whole country," Trump said of the Democratic contender Thursday. -- White House hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday finally crossed his party's finish line and secured the necessary delegate count to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, thanks to the state of North Dakota. Trump obtained delegate No. 1,237 in the Midwest state, meaning he will be the GOP's definitive candidate in the November general election to run against whomever the Democratic Party nominates -- almost certainly Hillary Clinton. Trump thanked North Dakota supporters for pushing him over the...
  • Mister 1,237: North Dakota delegate puts Trump over the top (Thanks ND John)

    05/26/2016 11:28:26 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 27 replies
    US news ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    John Trandem wanted to be the delegate who would put Donald Trump over the top, giving him enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Authorities prepare for Trump rally, protests in Bismarck

    05/26/2016 5:35:00 AM PDT · by euram · 12 replies
    WDAY 6 ^ | May 25, 2016 | Kevin Wallevand
    Nearly 7,400 are expected to pack the Events Center downtown, where Trump will address the Energy Conference there. This evening, those who both support and those who loathe Trump, got ready.
  • Two Trump Rallies 5/26/2016 Bismarck, ND @ 1pm CDT and Billings, MT @ 4pm MDT

    05/26/2016 3:38:56 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 515 replies
    Thursday, May 26, 2016: Live stream of Donald Trumps remarks at The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Event Center beginning at 1:00 PM CDT. Bismarck Event Center beginning at 1:00 PM CDT. Thursday, May 26, 2016: Live stream of the Donald Trump for President rally in Billings, MT at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. The event will begin at 4:00 PM MDT. Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
  • Bill Clinton: Republicans 'say terrible things' (all true unfortunately) about Hillary

    05/21/2016 6:36:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2016 | Anna Giaritelli
    Bill Clinton dismissed repeated attacks by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders during a rally in North Dakota on Friday. The former president defended his wife Hillary, saying the GOP will do anything to "delegitimize" its opponents. "I know the Republicans have been mean to her and they say terrible things. You gotta respect 'em - they're good at this. They delegitimize the people they don't like. They aren't in the habit of attacking people they're not scared of," Clinton told the crowd at the Fargo, N.D., rally at Rheault Farm.
  • The One Man Who Could Stop Donald Trump (Curly's crazy control of the GOP rulebook)

    05/18/2016 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | May 9, 2016 | EricTrickey
    Curly Haugland loves the rules..... North Dakotas top Republican gadfly, its rule-mongering crank, its official state pain in the ass. On the national GOPs standing rules committee, hes been the pedantic curmudgeon, the stubborn speed bump who for years has raised points of order only to watch establishment Republicans stampede over him. ... Haugland has become one of the most dangerous men in politics: Hes the mainstream GOPs last hope to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination in Cleveland. It would take a miracleand almost certainly lead to a historic split in the partybut there is still a way, buried...
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipelines route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the residents representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • RNC official: Donald hitting 1,237 won't matter

    04/28/2016 1:45:22 PM PDT · by wrrock · 100 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 ARGOPresidential 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 · 108 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/03/2016 | Shane Goldmacher
    FARGO, N.D. Ted Cruzs 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. Its still not clear how loyal all of Cruzs 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 talkfirst, 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: Were 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: Were 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 partys 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. Trumps 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: Were 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 partys 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. Trumps 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 he’s the only candidate who is competitive across-the-board. Even worse for Trump’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.