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No stoppin’ the Bakken

Weather causes slight decline in oil patch, but plenty still happening

January 13, 2013

North Dakota’s just-released oil production numbers are down slightly but state officials don’t figure that will be a trend....

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Jan-15-13 1:06 AM

@WA - Ya, I see where it's going. Nowhere... Or rather, right into a select few pockets.

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Jan-14-13 2:25 PM

Now the oil companies are asking the state legislature for tax breaks! You can see where this is going don't you?

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Jan-14-13 12:33 AM

@Russ - Ya, I've been here and there. Not saying ND is the worst of the bunch, not by a long shot. More saying that ND has turned into a dump due to inaction.

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Jan-13-13 5:26 PM

You obviously haven't been to one of the utopian "progressive" states recently

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Jan-13-13 12:55 PM

When I first got here back in '98, I hopped in my car and spent a week driving around the state, basically Minot -> Williston -> Dickinson -> Fargo -> Grand Forks, and back to Minot. Stayed in various Mom-and-Pop hotels, ate at Mom-and-Pop restaurants, took a lot of the side and back roads to see stuff, saw and met a lot of neat people. Overall, had a great time. Drove on pretty decent roads. Didn't see a lot of garbage everywhere. Couldn't speak highly enough about it. Fast forward to these days. You couldn't pay me enough to make that same drive...and I've had to do that same drive (although not all at the same time) in the past year. North Dakota has all but turned into a dump thanks to the oil fields and the Cronies in Bismarck's lack of foresight in building up to the levels of traffic, infrastructure, etc. that we're all seeing (or not seeing) today. Seems like those clowns were the only ones that could NOT see the obvious coming. Thanks again genius

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Jan-13-13 11:58 AM

Grand Forks base would be the first to shut down if any cuts were made in the state. The MAFB is strategic to the national security of this country it is right dead center of the country & the north american continent!

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Jan-13-13 9:39 AM

If the air force base closes, industry related to aviation would immediately fill the empty space.

Technology and innovation has greatly transformed manufacturing, shipping, distribution, etc.

The buildings, the airstrips, the housing, are a perfect setup for a corporation like 3M or IBM or Cisco or GE, name any of them, maybe China's oil companies will fly in 15,000 workers and drill for oil here at a much lower cost than the present set of oil companies currently drilling here. The Chinese gov could probably buy MAFB, and would, if given the chance.

IOW: The hard assests at the air force base will not sit empty.

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Jan-13-13 1:31 AM

Just because Minot's economy is driven by just 1% of oil&gas, doesn't mean the economy is that diverse. Minot relies "heavily" on the Minot Air Force base. Probably more than 25% or more. So if the base were to ever shut down...there goes Minot's economy...big time!

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