One Place In North Dakota Where Oil Isn’t Booming Is Federal Lands


Here’s an interesting headline from the Minot Daily News which highlights the problems with the Obama administrations leadership (or, more accurately, lack thereof) in domestic energy production. While oil production is booming on private and tribal lands in the oil patch, on lands managed by the federal government oil development is basically at a standstill.

The State of North Dakota, along with several counties, are actually suing the federal government over access to these areas. The counties, and the state, believe they have the right to build roads in these areas to facilitate oil development. The federal government is blocking the progress.

Back during the presidential campaign, energy production on federal lands was a major point of contention between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Obama claimed that domestic energy production is up under his administration, and while that’s true, the truth is domestic energy production is up because of drilling and mining on private lands. On federal lands, fossil fuel production is down…

…and permitting times are up:

Obama says he supports an “all of the above” energy strategy, but the reality of his policies both here in North Dakota and nationally put lie to that claim.

Remember, Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp promised she’d take on President Obama and her policy on these issues. It will be interesting to see if that actually happens. So far – and, admittedly, it’s early – she hasn’t.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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