Category Archives: Features

Preserving our state’s resources

By Jon Godfread, vice president for government affairs, Greater North Dakota Chamber As North Dakotans representing North Dakota businesses, we care deeply about the conservation of our state. With so many of our leading industries dependent upon the state’s abundant natural resources, caring for our “bread & butter” couldn’t be…

When is 30-million barrels really 30 million barrels?

By Chris Faulkner, CEO, Breitling Energy Corporation  2011 wasn’t one of OPEC’s better years.  In June, ministers from the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) convened in Vienna for their bi-annual get-together with the proposition of hiking the consortium’s oil production output — at that time running about 28.8…

The new Hellfighters

NDIC gears up to enforce stringent new gas flaring regulations coming into effect By Rebecca Colnar Gas flaring in the Bakken has been making worldwide news.  Everyone is concerned about it, from industry and mineral owners to environmental groups and politicians. The Ceres Group shows a map of the U.S….

Waiting for Keystone XL means more rail and truck transport of crude

By Chris Faulkner, President and CEO, Breitling Energy Corporation The transport of crude oil by rail and truck, while we wait for the Obama administration to make a decision on the final sections of the Keystone XL pipeline, is undergoing strong scrutiny both in the U.S. and Canada after several small…

‘Kicking the can’ on fracking in Colorado

Policy storm poses wider implications for the industry at large By Michael Sandoval New state-based fracking regulations will not be on the Colorado ballot in November, but that does not mean the raging debate over the traditional extraction method will die down anytime soon—for this state, or our neighbors to…

Business community lines up against Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Constitutional Amendment

Greater North Dakota Chamber explains Why is the business community lining up against the Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Constitutional Amendment? The Greater North Dakota Chamber is opposed to the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks (CWWPA) Constitutional Measure.  At first glance, you may wonder why, considering there’s potentially billions of…