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Myth Busted: Tourism Industry Is Thriving in America’s Top Oil & Gas Producing States

Energy In Depth

July 7, 2017

The idea that fracking and tourism can’t coexist is something that has been perpetuated by anti-fracking activists eager to ban the practice in states like Maryland and Florida. But there’s a problem with the claim that fracking and tourism can’t co-exist: it’s false. In fact, America’s top oil and gas producing states also have thriving tourism industries as EID’s latest infographic shows.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the tourism industries of some of the top oil and gas producing states in the country: Texas, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

Texas: U.S.’s No. 1 oil and natural gas producer

From 2008 – 2015:
  • Oil production increased 212 percent
  • Natural gas production increased 14 percent
  • Visitor spending increased 14 percent
Texas is the top oil and natural gas-producing state in America, producing 980 million barrels of crude oil and 7.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas from April 2016 to March 2017. To put this into perspective, if Texas were a country it would be the world’s third largest producer of both natural gas (behind only the United States and Russia) and oil (behind Saudi Arabia and Iraq). That level of production equated to roughly $26 million per day ($9.5 billion annually) in state and local revenue for Texans in 2016, according to recent data from the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA).

Signs of oil boomlet in North Dakota after pipeline finished

Calgary Herald

May 15, 2017 

 BISMARCK, N.D. — There are hundreds more jobs than takers in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch. Finding a hotel room, parking space or table at a restaurant is no longer easy.

More than two years after the state's unprecedented oil bonanza fizzled to a lull, North Dakota — the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas — is experiencing a sort of boomlet that has pushed daily production back above 1 million barrels daily.

"There is a long-term optimism that was not here just a year ago," said Williston Republican Sen. Brad Bekkedahl, whose western North Dakota district is in the epicenter of the state's oil-producing region.

Industry officials and others say the uptick comes from a bump in crude prices, regulatory certainty with the more drill-friendly Trump administration, better technology, and the prospect of nearly half of the state's crude coursing through the disputed Dakota Access Pipeline, which could open markets abroad where top prices are typically fetched.

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*North Dakota State Senator Brad Bekkedahl is a member of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Board of Directors.


Trump team issues permit for long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline

Omaha World-Herald

March 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the conclusion of the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that became a proxy battle over global warming. It marks one of the biggest steps taken to date by the Trump administration to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns.

The 1,700-mile pipeline, as envisioned, would carry oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Wardner: Time for state to put oil money away for TR Expressway

“This is a quality-of-life issue,” Wardner said. “We need to make sure that the people in the 19 counties that produce oil and gas are on board with this as we head into the next legislative session. I believe that North Dakota will have to carve out some funds from its oil money to make sure the TR Expressway gets done.”

Click here for complete article > Dickinson Press

November 26, 2013

Press Photo by Bryan Howath ... With Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association executive director Cal Klewin looking on, Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, addresses about 60 onlookers Tuesday afternoon at the association’s annual meeting in Watford City at the Watford Hotel.One of the leading political figures in the North Dakota Senate said Tuesday that it’s time for the state to put tax money generated from oil activity in the Bakken into a fund for enhancements along U.S. Highway 85.

Stating he believes it’s “time to strike,” Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, told about 60 onlookers at the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway annual meeting in Watford City that communities in oil-impacted western North Dakota should not rely only on federal help with projects to help make Highway 85 — the main north-south corridor in and out of the Bakken — safer for motorists.

“I really feel that four-laning (Highway 85) is absolutely necessary,” Wardner said. “I live in Dickinson and the four-laning that was done just 5 miles to the north out of town on Highway 21 made an incredible difference. For years, we have promoted this as a commerce corridor, which it is. But it did not resonate with some legislators and people who live in the eastern part of the state. We have come to a point now where it’s about a commerce corridor. It’s about a corridor for local traffic that is safe to drive.”…


Letter to Editor: We need to expand Highway 85

Ports-to-Plains Alliance was presenting this week in Watford City, ND and was able to ride along U.S, Highway 85 south of Watford City, ND.  This letter describes the current situation well.  This natural energy corridor needs to continue to move forward.  It is only a matter of time before the Bakken development expands to the south.  Instead of waiting until the development explodes and try to address the situation, let’s get started now.


I urge everyone to go to the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway website (www.trexpressway.com) and sign the resolution urging the North Dakota Department of Transportation to proceed with plans to four-lane U.S. Highway 85 between Watford City and Belfield.

Williston Herald

November 19, 2013

As a Williston native with extended family in South Dakota, I am no stranger to Highway 85.

I’ve seen accidents and experienced the increased traffic.

The potential we have as a state to build something great is now: A major north/south trade corridor that will transport goods, services, families and friends safely through Western North Dakota.

The Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association (A membership driven organization with the mission of growing the Great Plains region through corridor development, marketing and trade promotions) has the vision.

Their current resolution showing support to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to continue Highway 85 four lane improvements South of Watford City has gained the endorsement of cities, counties, economic development corporations, private business, and private individuals.

I applaud the governor, NDDOT and state lawmakers during the past biennium that allocated $2.8 billion to the NDDOT budget with $1.5 billion coming back to Western North Dakota.

The four-lane improvements from Williston to Watford City, as well as various truck bypasses and overall road improvements have greatly improved the safety and efficiency of our transportation system. With that being said, we cannot stop there.

I urge everyone to go to the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway website (www.trexpressway.com) and sign the resolution urging the North Dakota Department of Transportation to proceed with plans to four-lane U.S. Highway 85 between Watford City and Belfield.

This resolution is good for the region, state, neighboring communities and everyone who utilizes Highway 85.

Shawn Wenko



North Dakota: ONEOK investing in several projects

ONEOK also will be investing $100 million in an expansion of its 600-mile Bakken NGL pipeline, which was completed in April.

Click here for complete article > Bismarck Tribune

November 19, 2013

A major natural gas company operating in North Dakota's oil patch announced plans Tuesday to build its largest processing plant in the state and expand a major pipeline.

Tulsa, Okla.-based ONEOK Partners announced a fresh round of investment in western North Dakota — estimated between $650 million and $780 million by 2016.

The company's Lonesome Creek natural gas processing plant is to be 12 miles west of Watford City, with a capacity to process 200 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. Upon completion in late 2015, it would be the largest ONEOK plant in the state…


Supporters, opponents come out in Highway 85 expansion from Watford City to Belfield

“It’s apparent to me that making Highway 85 four lanes is pretty much a necessary thing,” said Medora city Councilman Denis Joyce at Wednesday’s meeting. “Traffic on that road is just atrocious. I think it’s a no-brainer to support this resolution.”

TREA executive director Cal Klewin, a Bowman resident, said his group has received “extensive support” along the entire corridor, which stretches from Canada into South Dakota.

Click here for complete article > Dickinson Press

November 7, 2013

A battle over adding lanes to U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City could be gaining traction and the North Dakota Department of Transportation could be caught in the middle.

With the DOT’s attention focused squarely on its current project to expand Highway 85 from Watford City to Williston into a four-lane highway, a number of southwest North Dakota cities and counties have recently expressed support of a potential plan to do the same from south of Watford City to Interstate 94…


Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Production Tax Rates: How Does Oklahoma Compare to Peers?

Headwater Economics in Conjunction with Oklahoma Policy Institute

August 2013

This report compares Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas tax policies to other leading oil and natural gas producing states. Oil comparison states are Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Natural gas comparison states are Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

Analysis applies state tax policies to average production data for typical unconventional oil and natural gas wells to determine comparable effective tax rates. Both unconventional oil and natural gas wells typically feature high initial rates of production that decline steeply and quickly, and eventually stabilize at relatively low levels. The respective production profiles for unconventional oil and natural gas wells are consistent enough across shale plays to offer a sound basis for comparing how states tax policies raise revenue from these new resources.