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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.



Right-of-way costs soar on U.S. Highway 85

The comparison to chump change makes more sense when a recent bid to build a nine-mile bypass around Watford City came in at $55 million, in the range of $6 million a mile. Long gone — at least in the oil patch — are the days when the DOT could figure new highway construction at $2 million a mile, said Fode.

Click here for complete article >Bismarck Tribune Energy News

September 15, 2013

It's an upside-down world in the oil patch, when spending millions of dollars to acquire land to widen highways seems like chump change indeed.

The state Department of Transportation has embarked on a huge project, turning U.S. Highway 85, a notorious death trap, into a much safer four-lane corridor from Watford City to Williston. It's a distance of about 46 miles and about 7,000 semi trucks.

The cost of the project is estimated at $300 million, the single largest project in terms of dollars the department has undertaken in its history…


Keystone decision not likely until 2014; senators urge end to delays

Democrats Max Baucus and Mary Landrieu, of Montana and Louisiana respectively, and John Hoeven and John Thune, of North and South Dakota, issued statements harshly critical of the prospect of further delays in Keystone XL's five-year approval process.

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

September 3, 2013

The fate of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline isn't likely to be determined until 2014, almost a decade after the Calgary-based energy giant first conceived of the project.

The U.S. State Department said in a recent statement to the media that it won't release its final environmental assessment of the $7 billion pipeline until it's pored over and published more than a million public comments on its draft ecological analysis. Those efforts, ongoing since March, could be completed this week.

Then, State Department officials begin a 90-day review of whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest, a determination that can be appealed by other federal agencies for 15 days. That likely pushes an ultimate decision on the pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama into the new year…

Bipartisan Group of Senators: Don’t Delay Keystone XL Decision Again