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North Dakota Went Boom
New York Times Magazine, by Chip Brown

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Posted By:MDMuskrat, 2/3/2013 10:49:44 AM

Long before the full frenzy of the boom, you could see its harbingers at the Mountrail County courthouse in Stanley, N.D. Geologists had pored over core samples and log signatures and had made their educated guesses, and now it was the hour of the “landmen,” the men and women whose job was to dig through courthouse books for the often-tangled history of mineral title and surface rights. (Snip)… around seven years ago — driven by technological refinements that have made North Dakota a premier laboratory for coaxing oil from stingy rocks — the state’s Bakken boom began....

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Long, but highly informative. The usual NYT condescension and snark are, unfortunately, seeded throughout.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dreadnought, 2/3/2013 11:30:42 AM     (No. 9155749)

Boom and bust, always. But something this strategic handled correctly usually produces a new post buble ´normal´ better than the old ´normal´. The mailbox can be your friend for many years.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/3/2013 12:17:59 PM     (No. 9155823)

I was annoyed throughout the article with the snobbishness of the writer who saw nothing of the beauty of this area of America, and bemoaned its ´lack of culture´. Well, those people who call the Great Plains ´flyover country´ will never, ever, get it.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/3/2013 1:59:28 PM     (No. 9155977)

Although Obama bragged that oil production is up in the USA, he neglected to mention that it is only UP on private land, because the gov´t can´t get their hands on it to shut it down.
The entire country could be booming if Obama would get out of the way.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/3/2013 2:14:24 PM     (No. 9156001)

FTA: Even a well-publicized investigation by the news Web site ProPublica that reported that there were more than “1,000 accidental releases of oil, drilling wastewater and other fluids” in North Dakota in 2011 passed without much fuss.

The authors should ask themselves, how many accidental releases of heating oil got reported in NY? How many spills are reported in NY putting gasoline into filling stations? How many septic tank draining companies improperly disposed of the water they removed? When you are drilling 100 wells a month, you get into a groove where you do it right the first and every time. It costs too much money to do otherwise.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 2/3/2013 3:06:08 PM     (No. 9156073)

#2,

That has a positive side. People love to explore the Badlands and rock formations in the western Dakotas. They love to hunt, fish and photograph the bounty the grassland and waterways have to offer. If New York Times folk see such activities as beneath them, that means they´ll never venture to this part of the country and ruin it.

On a frosty morning spent hunting for deer and moose, there´s no place to put one´s latte and French pastries. There´s no room for them in an ice fishing hut, either. Got to save space for your beer.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tipover, 2/3/2013 4:15:16 PM     (No. 9156170)

Actually, I´ve always considered "big city culture" to be rather shallow. Much of it is so very self-centered. OK for a cursory visit but very lacking in long term satisfaction. About like going to a strip club.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/3/2013 4:19:36 PM     (No. 9156177)

And a lot of what they call ´culture´--Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung, for example-- is ridiculous.

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