The oil boom in North Dakota

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    Feb 04, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    I'm of mixed feelings concerning this. While I want us to be as energy independent as possible, I'll sure miss the empty wide open spaces.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/magazine/north-dakota-went-boom.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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    Feb 04, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    It's North Dakota, no one cares.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 04, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    So, build the "Trans Canada" pipeline, a few yards, across the border from Canada to North Dakota, instead of running it the entire length of the United States, just so Texas can reap another fortune. Build the refineries in North Dakota, too.
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    Feb 04, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    This is actually North Dakota's second oil boom. The first one tapered off as oil prices fell below profitability levels for the small amounts that were being extracted. Still, when I lived there, and traveled the western half of the State, the landscape was dotted with working pump jacks.

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    Now oil market prices, and newer extraction techniques, have made North Dakota attractive again to the industry. Not much out there in the Badlands (some counties are designated as "frontier" by the US Census Bureau because the population density is less than 2 persons per square mile), so nobody to keep an eye on what's happening. Probably America's next environmental disaster that US taxpayers will eventually get the clean-up bill for.
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    Feb 04, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    I would much prefer it stay frontier. It's one of the unfortunate tragedies I've witnessed on my way to old age is the disappearance of the wide open spaces in the Rocky Mountain west. I know we need to become energy independent and much that needs to come from conventional sources for the foreseeable future, but folks up there in ND, don't make a mess and if you do, clean up after yourselves.
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    I'm glad to hear they are drilling instead of digging the place up like in Alberta!

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 05, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    I just don't want any damage to the countryside! Hopefully the oil can be
    obtained without any environmental damage. I know it is quite the boom up there.
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidIt's North Dakota, no one cares.


    Um, what?
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI just don't want any damage to the countryside! Hopefully the oil can be
    obtained without any environmental damage. I know it is quite the boom up there.


    I've seen firsthand the damage to West Virginia from coal mining and I very much hope that the same isn't repeated in ND. I for one care very much about our few remaining wide open spaces.
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    Feb 05, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    HndsmKansan saidI just don't want any damage to the countryside! Hopefully the oil can be
    obtained without any environmental damage. I know it is quite the boom up there.


    I've seen firsthand the damage to West Virginia from coal mining and I very much hope that the same isn't repeated in ND. I for one care very much about our few remaining wide open spaces.


    *waits for Riddler to waltz in here and tell FIF that it's good for him and frack baby frack etc*
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 05, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidIt's North Dakota, no one cares.
    That is a very ignorant comment on your part. The people of North Dakota are our fellow Americans. How would you like someone to say something like "its only Portland, Oregon, who gives a shit". Please think before you say something.