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What do you think the chances are of a major oil spill polluting Lake Sakakawea someday?

  1. It's a given
  2. High
  3. Moderate
  4. Unlikely
  5. Won't happen
 
 
 
 
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realwildchyld

Oct-12-13 7:18 AM

There is always a chance that we might have a spill, but that is just a cost of the buisness people. Until somebody steps up with a better fuel source we have what we have, electric powered vehichles are a joke so don't even go there.

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muleskinner

Oct-12-13 8:46 AM

Chances are low.

There is a thousand gallons of oil in the crankcase of those windmills, so if one topples to the ground, it will be a mess.

The windmills will never replace oil or coal, the capacity is not there to power the grid. It would take millions of wind farms to replace oil. It cannot be done.

They will need to be maintained and you need oil to get to them. Wind power cannot be done without oil to build and maintain each one.

You need oil to power a coal-fahred power plant for generation of electricity. You need a workforce that has to get there to work. Solar the same.

Nuclear power might do the job better and more efficiently, but you will still need oil for the plant to operate. The amount of oil needed will not be less, it will still remain the same. Nuclear meltdown is very dangerous. ***ushima is a mess.

Oil cannot be replaced, it is needed to support all systems; 87 million barrels each day.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 9:14 AM

Mat, so those turbines were spinning all night then, weren't they? ;}

Loco, that is my new official sarcasm emoticon. I've felt guilty placing upon you the burden of explaining that to the fools among us when I'm employing sarcasm. The truth is, I secretly enjoy it when they don't get it - that, and I've always had an aversion to writing <sarcasm> next to a comment.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 9:42 AM

"You people do understand that with other chemicals you can make oil.Just axing."

You are too funny, Lefty. Where do these "other chemicals" come from? Just axing... They are extracted from other raw materials. They're not just conjured up out of thin air, unless you're talking about nitrogen and oxygen, which I suppose could be conjured up or extracted from thin air.

Anyway back to the point. Mother nature, over the course of millions of years, prepackaged various forms of energy. All we have to is extract it from the ground and refine it. Although I won't deny it is technically possible to synthesize what mother nature has done for us, how much energy would that require FROM us to do? Wouldn't that be kind of counter productive if the end goal is to tap those synthesized materials for their energy potential?

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animal

Oct-12-13 9:42 AM

Lets get rid of all fossil fuels and make the emperor a permanent leader of what was America, make sure reid piglosi, Kerry and hideous all stay in power and it will be heaven on earth for ever! WRONG!!!!

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namexxx

Oct-12-13 10:09 AM

Translation:

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GOV'T SHUTDOWN WE CAUSED.

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locomotive

Oct-12-13 11:36 AM

angeR, I'm all in on your new sarcasm emoticon. Very cool. Hope you don't mind if I use it now and then. It'll be a little code thingy, ok?

;-} er, I mean :-)

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locomotive

Oct-12-13 11:39 AM

"I am not pro on Big Business deciding when & what people are entitled to know. Same could be said about the govt."

I can agree with this, Veritas, but quadruple for the gov't. It's watching us, y'know.

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centerfield

Oct-12-13 11:41 AM

What would Dalrumple do? Well, first of all, he would go to the mailbox and get his government subsidy check for his farm, then he would check with the Hoeven/Cramer to see if he should acknowledge the spill, then check to see if the oil companies check to Hoeven/Cramers campaign funds had cleared, and then he should call on whister to get his views of the situation.

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centerfield

Oct-12-13 11:47 AM

There is a plus to the spill at Tioga and if there becomes a spill on the Lake: At least it is Bakken crude, A. which is easier to clean up in case of a spill, B. It is being transported for use in the US, and C. Foreign countries/companies aren't making a ton of profits from the US. We get nothing from Tar sand crude, absolutely nothing. The few jobs it creates is not worth the trouble to have tar sand crude spills all across the US. Now, lets start using the Bakken crude here in the US instead of shipping millions of barrels to Canada every year.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 12:06 PM

"I am not pro on Big Business deciding when & what people are entitled to know."

To which big business are you referring? If you are talking about the parties responsible for the spill, what did you expect? A press conference? The responsible party's primary responsibilities are to notify the appropriate government regulators and rectify it with any injured parties. If the spill is on public land or affects public land, it would then be the responsibility of the government authorities to notify the public. Otherwise, it is a private matter between the party responsible and the parties affected.

If your aim is to insinuate that big business is using it's money to influence public officials not to disclose information to the public, show us some kind of proof, instead of the wild speculation that you're trying to pass off as fact.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 12:10 PM

"What would some moron from Minot do?"

You tell us. What would you do?

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 12:24 PM

Dusty, was that in response to one of my posts, or were you directing it to me in response to the comments from Veritas?

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 12:34 PM

Dusty, it would seem to me that the best way to eliminate any of the power brokers from buying influence would be to limit the power government has over us. We could start by requiring congress to re-assume the legislative power they've ceded unconstitutionally to the various federal bureaucracies. Then I would recommend congressional and judicial term limits.

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OldCat

Oct-12-13 1:18 PM

Apathetic citizens will cry out about how this could have happened and all the anti-environmentalists will blame the government for the spill-for surely big business can't be responsible for it. Its not a question of IF but WHEN. FISH NOW.

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EarlyBird

Oct-12-13 2:33 PM

Come listen to a story about a man named Jed A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed, Then one day he was shootin' at some food, And up from the ground came a bubblin' crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea. Well the first thing you know ol' Jed's a millionaire, His kinfolk said, 'Jed, move away from there!' They said, 'Californy is the place you oughtta be.' So, they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is, Swimmin' pools, movie stars. Well now its time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin. And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin' in. You're all invited back next week to this locality To have a heapin' helpin' of their hospitality

Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?

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centerfield

Oct-12-13 3:41 PM

Well, well, dusty, you are more like Rush every day. This site is about oil spills and the oil industry. You have tried to change the subject three or four times talking about your favorite hemorrhoid issues. When you don't have anything to contribute to the discussion, you bloviate your hatred. Go, dusty, go.

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locomotive

Oct-12-13 5:30 PM

"If your aim is to insinuate that big business is using it's money to influence public officials not to disclose information to the public, show us some kind of proof, instead of the wild speculation that you're trying to pass off as fact."

Agreed, with emphasis on "wild."

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locomotive

Oct-12-13 5:36 PM

"Favorite hemorrhoid issues"

What does that mean?

On second thought, I just don't want to know...

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MarkHighwater

Oct-12-13 6:38 PM

In Alaska every person who has resided in the state at least one year receives a check around $1000....we overtook Alaska in the production rankings if I recall...where are our royalty checks ND?

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namexxx

Oct-12-13 6:52 PM

The MDN's "Male Only Gamer" ad is really classy.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 7:14 PM

As it appears as though you could be a little contextually challenged, so let me pose the statement to you again in a more specific manner:

If your aim is to insinuate that big business - in this case the company responsible for the spill - is using it's money to influence public officials not to disclose information to the public, show us some kind of proof, instead of the wild speculation that you're trying to pass off as fact.

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angeR69

Oct-12-13 7:26 PM

Holding a rational conversation with some of you is like ice skating on jello.

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disgusted

Oct-12-13 9:23 PM

mark, move to Alaska where nearly ALL of the oil being drilled is on state owned land. Here most of it is PRIVATELY owned. I know that eats at your craw----can't redistribute that, at least not yet, but I a'm sure you are working on changing that also.

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centerfield

Oct-12-13 11:52 PM

I have to say, bdgi is a prophet!!! My goodness, Obama must have not graduated at the head of his class at Harvard and I am sure that he was not editor of the law review. And, not only that, your source is impeccable. I am surprised he is not on Fox news or something like that. You are still a hater and a racist. You can't run from that can ya. But, you don't really want to, either.

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