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North Dakota's Oil-Rich Bakken Region: Boom, Busts and Trouble


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Cal
- 955 days ago - www2.macleans.ca
Cross-border crime is only one of the issues affecting 'the Fort McMurray of the U.S.'s north'



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ellen m. (222)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:20 am
"Tatiana's" last comment was a lie to keep the competition away :-)

Sorry for not being serious, but it sounds like a regional problem, and they don't seem to be asking for help, so...
Thanks for the story though...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:10 am
noted, thank you
 

Kristen Giffin (17)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:03 am
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9:08 am
Thanks, interesting article.
 

paul m. (93)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9:18 am

Noted,,,,
 

Nicole W. (645)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 10:18 am
interesting, thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:33 pm
Noted, thank you Cal.
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:29 pm
very sad....

as a midwesterner I hear how wonderful the boon for ND Oil is wonderful for the state, but even without issues of this article another example of taking care of ourselves now without caring about the future....
 

Tom Sullivan (98)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 8:30 am
How much of this oil will be exported?
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 10:05 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 1:02 pm
Cue up Firesign Theatre 'Boom Dot Bust'
 

Terry V. (30)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 5:36 pm
alternative fuel please
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 6:46 pm
ThinkProgress Climate - North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Boom Is Visible From Space
By Brad Johnson on Mar 13, 2012 :

The boom in shale oil and gas exploration in North Dakota during the Bush and Obama presidencies has transformed the state, satellite imagery shows. This composite image from the National Geophysical Data Center combines nighttime satellite imagery from 1992, 2000, and 2010. Places that had lots of light in all three years show up bright white. The red area in North Dakota — home of the shale boom changing America’s energy politics and physical landscape — shows the bright lights of drilling in 2010 where it was was dark in 2000 and 1992:

[ see pic on site]

The SkyTruth blog explains why shale gas fracking in North Dakota is so bright at night:

"So why is this area all lit up at night? Well, the rigs and other facilities are highly illuminated because drilling is a 24/7 proposition – time is money so there is no “down time.” But there is another reason too: operators in this oil field are flaring off large quantities of natural gas. That’s right, burning it off as a hazardous nuisance. Meanwhile some folks on the campaign trail and on Capitol Hill complain loudly that environmental rules and government policies are limiting industry’s access to more public lands throughout America so they can drill for – you got it – natural gas. Despite the fact that industry is already sitting on thousands of approved drilling permits that remain idle, and millions of acres of leases they aren’t developing."

So sit back and watch this SPECTACULAR TIME-LAPSE VIDEO shot by astronauts on the International Space Station for another view of this lit-up drilling area from space. Go full screen for maximum enjoyment. Maybe the stunning aurora borealis and flashes of lightning will make the headache go away...
 

Julie Hoffman (8)
Monday June 4, 2012, 8:14 am
I am from North Dakota. I am against the oil riig but without it it we would be in a recesion like every other state.
 
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