Category Archives: Features

Gas demand heats up commodity market

By Melanie Franner Energy is in constant demand – be it air conditioning in the summer or heating in the winter. Add to that the regular need for electricity for cooking, lighting, or even water delivery, and the demand continues to rise. The correlation between energy demand and commodity prices…

Meridian’s Davis refinery: Industry game changer

By Melanie Franner The North Dakota refinery industry is about to advance by leaps and bounds, so says William Prentice, CEO of the Meridian Energy Group, Inc. The company’s proposed Davis crude oil refinery is expected to be a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the Bakken oilfields –…

Keystone XL advocates and opponents await American electorate decision of November 8, 2016

By Leonard Melman Few elections in recent memory have provoked the depth of animosity and controversy as the presidential election of 2016 between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Many positions represent polar opposites and this has been especially true of anything relating to environmental topics, such…

North Dakota eyeing future petroleum price moves as indicator of economic growth

By Leonard Melman For the North Dakota oil industry, major changes seem to be occurring on a regular basis and now, those changes appear likely to impact politics in general, and the upcoming gubernatorial race of fall 2016 in particular. Many of these changes relate to the price of crude…

New oil and gas regulations misguided, counterproductive

By Howard Feldman More than a dozen states, including North Dakota, have now filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest rule for new oil and natural gas sources. The American Petroleum Institute (API), as well as a number of state associations, is also taking action to prevent…

Keep D.C. out of the Bakken

By Senator Steve Daines Folks in western states like Montana and the Dakotas understand that to ensure our way of life for future generations, we need to balance the responsible development of our natural resources with protecting and conserving our great outdoors. As an avid outdoorsmen myself, I’ve been backpacking,…