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Boom brings changes

February 17, 2013

Sen. Tim Mathern, Fargo If you live in western North Dakota or look at satellite images from outer space, you can see the changes brought on by the Bakken oil boo....

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Feb-21-13 8:10 PM

If I were king flaring would have been limited to 30 days. Water, power, sewage treatment, housing etc would have to be in place as soon as the Bakken was known to be a high percentage producer. All sand and gravel trucks would have to be tarped to save our headlights, paint jobs and windshields. We are witnessing the private sector behavior when they have a free hand. After they get the oil they export much of it and through their lack of true competition, charge us $3.75 a gallon for gas. We are losing our pristine badlands to the greed of oil (much for export) and our state government is assisting. The legacy of our pro-oil people will be the selling out of the state. How can we become energy independent when we export much of what we drill? Tim is right.

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Feb-21-13 10:25 AM

h4c that "pie in the sky" idea was from our governor and BNSF railroad! A joint venture that would benefit both the state and the railroad and the environment.

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Feb-18-13 4:47 PM

I agree, let the private companies (railroad, oil) take advantage of it first, with profit as their motivation. Then it'll get done.

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Feb-18-13 9:52 AM

h4c even the gov and the railroad want to build a plant to capture the natural gas that is being flared to run the trains. Why waste it if we can generate another opportunity to generate more revenue and at the same time keep our environment cleaner and reduce our dependency on diesel fuel?

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Feb-17-13 9:16 AM

funny how a guy who lives in Fargo, knows best for the Western part of the state.

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