The Oil-Rich Bakken Region

North Dakota's unemployment rate is 3% (as of August 2012), and they're producing over 700,000 barrels of oil daily. What else is this area doing for our nation and the economy?



Meeting oil's challenge: step by step

The stress and tension of the oil boom on the people living in western North Dakota can't be under estimated. Life there has become certainly more complicated. A recent poll said 60 percent of longtime northwest North Dakota residents say they have benefited economically from the boom, but most also say their quality of life has not improved.



Make the most of N.D. resources

North Dakota natural gas production and crop yields will converge at a proposed fertilizer plant at Spiritwood. CHS Inc. announced plans last week to build a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant, converting natural gas from the Bakken into anhydrous ammonia, urea and liquid fertilizer.



TransCanada files new route proposal for Keystone XL

TransCanada has proposed to Nebraska officials a new route for the U.S. segment of its Keystone XL pipeline that avoids the Ogallala Aquifer and the Sandhills region in Nebraska. "The identified route, along with our commitment to implement additional safety requirements above and beyond those required for any other pipeline, ensures the protection of Nebraska's resources," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and CEO. TransCanada submitted the revised route plan to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.



71 percent of voters favor more oil and natural gas development

Harris Interactive conducted a poll and found 71% of American voters favor increased access to U.S. oil and natural gas resources and 92% say energy security and producing at home more oil and natural gas is an important issue this election.



Coastal governors say 5-year OCS plan consultation fell short

OCS Governors Coalition members cited in a recent letter ",, the administration fails to expand adequate access to resource-abundant areas in the Arctic and fails to establish leasing in the Mid- and South-Atlantic".



US approves portion of Keystone pipeline

TransCanada has a permit, but not for the larger portion of Keystone, which would transport Canadian oil sands from Alberta.



It's not just an oil boom, it's an industrial revolution

You know the old Chinese curse: "may you live in interesting times." While he was hunting in 1789, French king Louis XVI was told of the fall of the Bastille in Paris. "So it is a rebellion?" he said. "No, sire," replied the Duke de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt "it is a revolution."



Natural Gas Boom Hints At U.S. Energy Sufficiency

After decades of rising prices, hostile foreign suppliers and warnings that Americans will have to bicycle to work, the world faces the possibility of vast amounts of cheap, plentiful fuel. And the source for much of this new supply? The U.S.



Plan to save Sunoco's Phila. refinery suddenly seems more realistic

Keeping Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery operational likely depends upon being able to find a way to supply it with crude oil from North Dakota, which is cheaper than the African crude it uses now.