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North Dakota and Texas Now Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 6, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Oil Production

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years.[read more]

Fracking Regulation: Let the States Lead

September 22, 2012 by Mark Green

Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, reports that the number of oil-focused rigs in the state has dropped to its lowest point since July 2011. Helms mentions a handful of reasons, but let’s focus on one: uncertainty over where the federal government might go in regulating hydraulic fracturing....[read more]

Did China Cause North Dakota’s Oil Boom?

August 25, 2012 by Michael Giberson

Photo by Nagyman via Flickr

Looking backward at oil prices over the last decade, how much of growing demand for oil has come from China?[read more]

Measuring the Shale Gas Revolution

December 8, 2011 by Mark Green

New quantification of the national impact of the shale natural gas revolution going on in the United States, from IHS Global Insight, one of the world's largest economic analysis and forecasting firms:Jobs - In 2010 the shale natural gas industry supported 600,000 jobs. The IHS Global Insight report projects growth to nearly 870,000 jobs...[read more]

Unnatural Emissions: Flaring Gas From Oil Sites

September 30, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

A pair of articles in the NY Time focuses on one of the more perverse aspects of our current energy/climate amalgam of ugliness: flaring natural gas. The thumbnail description: When oil is extracted from wells, it’s often accompanied by natural gas. There’s no economical way to store and use that natural gas, so it’s burned (“flared”)...[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Hyperbole Heats Up

May 25, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Oh the hyperbole of it all: In addition to pollution and harm to the environment, Keystone XL directly puts at risk the land of families across a full stretch of our country. The pipeline would cross through six states and several major rivers, in addition to the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies clean water to two million...[read more]

Energy news and outlook: 2011 will look very similar to 2010

January 3, 2011 by Michael Giberson

A handful of energy news stories and commentary on the energy outlook: John Tierney’s energy resource optimism and James Hamilton’s response at Econbrowser. I like the response of the first commenter, Ricardo, to Hamilton: “It is not that crude oil will be with us forever but that energy sources will always give us more and better...[read more]

North Dakota'sUnconventional Oil Boom and Risks to Scarce Water

September 16, 2010 by Keith Schneider

Many Americans have been aware since the 2008 presidential election that the U.S. was at the vanguard of a new energy era. They just thought it would be the transition to clean energy. But the oil industry's pursuit of "unconventional" oil and gas reserves is happening much faster.[read more]

Energy Department Blocks Disclosure of Road Map to Relieve Critical U.S. Energy-Water Choke Points

September 9, 2010 by Keith Schneider
Illinois River Energy biofuels plant

A far-reaching federal program of research and analysis, funded by Congress and designed to help the nation anticipate and temper the mounting conflict between rising energy demand and diminishing supplies of fresh water, has been brought to a standstill by the Department of Energy.[read more]

Google invests in wind

May 3, 2010 by ToddWallace

Google, Inc. has invested in two wind farms in North Dakota. These wind farms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, harness power from one of the world’s richest wind resources in the North Dakota plains and use existing transmission capacity to deliver clean energy to the region, reducing the use of fossil fuels,” Rick Needham,...[read more]

Dorgan Plans on Turning to Energy After Senate

January 13, 2010 by Tim Hurst

North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan says he will likely be doing more work in energy after he leaves the Senate at the end of 2010. After North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, announced last week that he would not run for re-election, pundits immediately began to speculate not only about the impact his leaving would have on...[read more]

Minnesota Enacts First Carbon Tariff in nation against North Dakota

January 6, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

Article (Scientific American, Jan 1, 2010) is re-posted below.  It will be interesting to see if other states follow suit, and what the effectiveness of this policy will be in lowering emissions in Minnesota.  One line in this article I had to laugh at was “State officials in North Dakota are mounting a legal battle against...[read more]

Breaking: Sen. Dorgan (D-ND) to retire and what it means for climate legislation

January 6, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Sen. Byron Dorgan, a 18-year veteran Democrat, dropped a late-day bombshell, announcing he will retire when his term ends this year.  Dorgan’s announcement represents an opportunity for Republicans: North Dakota is a Republican-leaning state, where President Obama got just 45% of the vote last year. What’s not good news for...[read more]

Climate adaption planning helps save Grand Forks

April 6, 2009 by CliffFigallo

New flood wall 1997 floodwaters Climate change might sneak up gradually on your community or it may come roaring in suddenly in the form of extreme weather. That’s what happened recently in North Dakota where the Red River crested way over flood stage in a region that took disastrous hits a decade ago. That was when Grand Forks was...[read more]