Author Archives: Rob Port


Big Reductions In North Dakota Flaring Are On The Way

Big Reductions In North Dakota Flaring Are On The Way

Per the press release below, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office announced that ONEOK Partners would be building a new gas processing plant in McKenzie County (Watford City) capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. On top of that, they’re going to expand their existing gas processing capacity by another 100 million

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Heidi Heitkamp Punts On Pro-Pipeline Legislation

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s RESPONSE Act – legislation aimed at rail safety – was supposed to be voted on in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this morning. The bill would have had FEMA provide instruction to Congress about response to train derailments involving hazardous material. Obviously, this is a big deal for North


Legislator: NDSU President “Went To The Lois Lerner School Of Email Management”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen giving NDSU President Dean Bresciani a temporary pass on participating in a new, consolidated university email system. The laudable goal of the university system is to create a unified system of electronic communication that allows all administrators and


On Television: Why Is North Dakota Spending Twice As Much As South Dakota?

On my weekly segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live last night we discussed this recent SAB post from Mike Marcil comparing South Dakota’s government with North Dakota’s. In his post, Marcil points out that South Dakota’s government is a lot more lean than North Dakota’s, and taxes are significantly lower. In fact, Berg


North Dakota Has Least Number Of People With Debt In Collections

According to this study from the Urban Institute, one in three Americans are being sought by debt collectors. That’s an astonishing number. Mortgage debt was excluded from the study, which included things like credit cards, car loans, medical bills, child support, and parking tickets. The average debt being sought is about $5,200. Not surprisingly, though,

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Attorney General: NDSU Development Foundation Must Open Its Books

One of the most shadowy areas of North Dakota government is higher education’s relationship with its multitude of spin-off foundations and corporations. Those organizations – in this instance the NDSU Development Foundation – handle significant amounts of revenues on behalf of the university, but attempts by the public to look into the books of these

Senate Democrats Urge Passage Of Minimum Wage Fairness Act

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Coming To North Dakota Next Week

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be in North Dakota next week attending a fundraiser for Republican candidates. The Bismarck Area Republican Council today sent out an email revealing that McConnell was the “special guest” Senator John Hoeven would be bringing to annual R-100 Reception to be hosted at the home of state Rep. George Keiser.