REAL OILFIELD WIVES So You're Moving to BoomTown, USA... Now What?
You hear about oilfield boomtowns everywhere in the media, some outlets even going so far as to compare them to a modern-day Wild West. The thought of actually moving to one of these towns can be daun... Posted on 3/4/13 at 1:42 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Online petition aims to bring awareness to the Badlands
An outdoor recreation enthusiast from Dickinson, N.D., has launched an online petition drive to bring awareness to the impact the states oil boom is having on recreation, tourism, wildlife and agricul... Posted on 3/29/12 at 10:21 AM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Round and Round on the Roundabout
Most people, when faced with a three-hour car trip, manage to do it in three hours.
But what is it my mother always used to say? Youre not like most people, dear.
And so its true, my latest three-... Posted on 3/8/12 at 12:47 PM
In the first 11 months of 2012, Dickinson issued permits for more than $300 million worth of construction in a city trying to catch up with the droves of people coming to the Oil Patch to seek their fortune.
That's because of closures or cutbacks at several board plants, paper mills and numerous smaller sawmills, said Scott Dane, executive director of the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota.
The system's chancellor, Steven Rosenstone, announced Wednesday that MnSCU, along with the state Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will hold 40 "listening sessions" statewide to gather data from businesses.
The U.S. potato industry enjoyed a lot of success in 2011, including rising consumption and a big win on a controversial proposal that would have limited spuds in school cafeterias, potato boosters said Wednesday in Grand Forks.
Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity. Mining companies say the work provides good jobs in rural areas, but some residents fear the increase in mining could harm human health and the environment.
Federal regulators released a final report Tuesday detailing hundreds of safety violations at a West Virginia mine where 29 men died, including 12 that it said contributed to the "entirely preventable" 2010 blast. The report was released hours after the announcement of a record $210 million settlement by the mine's new owners.
Lawrence Messina and Vicki Smith
, December 06, 2011
The tax-advantaged partnerships that smaller independent oil and natural gas companies use to raise capital for exploration and production will become riskier and less profitable if taxes increase, according to one expert. The Exxon Mobils of the world, he said, will hardly notice the changes.
The changes were announced to DNR staff last month but weren't made public at the time. Commissioner Tom Landwehr said he wants to make more timber available with less paperwork and delay for the state's loggers and mills, which have been hit hard by low demand and low prices resulting from the economic slump.
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