Getting Ready For 50,000 Oil Wells

Setting aside protests for a while. Let’s look at a planning effort that’s being done right. Here’s an article I wrote for this month’s Dakota Country magazine. Is it too much for North Dakota citizens to expect, that they should be provided a reasonable forecast of the environmental effects of 20,000 to 50,000 oil wells…
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‘Our Water Is Our Single Last Property’

The most consistent argument made by North Dakota regulators and the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline against the protest actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies is that the Tribe entered the pipeline approval process too late.  They should have made their feelings known earlier in the process. In mid-November, just…
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My Best Thanksgiving Meal Ever

Note: I generally don’t re-post old articles,  because, unlike things published in newspapers, blog posts don’t get used for fish cleaning, they just hang out in archives deep in the bowels of the Internet, accessible forever if you look hard enough. But it’s been 15 years and a day since the Thanksgiving I’m writing about…
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Let’s Get Out Before The Weather Gets Bad

Note: This post has been updated to reflect that federal conflict of interest laws do not apply to the President of the United States. The post sad earlier the laws do apply. Sigh. What I can read into the Corps of Engineers’ announcement Monday on the Dakota Access Pipeline is that the project will not…
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Let ‘Er Buck!

Here’s what I think of the election. We got all dressed up to go to the ball, and we ended up at a rodeo. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a good rodeo. A good rodeo can be very entertaining. There’s a bunch of guys and even a few gals out in the arena who don’t…
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