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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.


Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind

New York Times

February 21, 2017

MIDLAND, Tex. — In the land where oil jobs were once a guaranteed road to security for blue-collar workers, Eustasio Velazquez’s career has been upended by technology.

For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful computer hardware and software replaced cables with wireless data collection, and he lost his job. He found new work connecting pipes on rigs, but lost that job, too, when plunging oil prices in 2015 forced the driller he worked for to replace rig hands with cheaper, more reliable automated tools.

“I don’t see a future,” Mr. Velazquez, 44, said on a recent afternoon as he stooped over his shopping cart at a local grocery store. “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.”

Oil and gas workers have traditionally had some of the highest-paying blue-collar jobs — just the type that President Trump has vowed to preserve and bring back. But the West Texas oil fields, where activity is gearing back up as prices rebound, illustrate how difficult it will be to meet that goal. As in other industries, automation is creating a new demand for high-tech workers — sometimes hundreds of miles away in a control center — but their numbers don’t offset the ranks of field hands no longer required to sling chains and lift iron.

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The trickle down on taxes and roads

Texas law provides that 0.5 percent of revenues from crude oil and natural gas production taxes are used for enforcement of the production tax provision. With the remaining revenues, 25 percent goes towards the Foundation School Fund and 75 percent goes in the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF), or Rainy Day Fund.

Click here for complete article > Odessa American

December 29, 2013

Ryan Evon|Odessa American | James Niemann, left, and Jason Jumper, CanElson employees, attach a new piece of drill pipe on drilling rig 33 in Gardendale on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Between January 2012 and May 2013, Ector County generated approximately $155 million in crude oil production taxes, according to data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.As the Permian Basin experiences another historic oil boom, the area roadways are under attack with increased traffic and intensified wear and tear, while the oil and gas tax revenue generated by all the activity in the area largely goes back to state coffers and is not earmarked for roads.

The Permian Basin is the top producer of crude oil and natural gas in the state, with twice as many rigs and permits producing about 30 percent more crude than the Eagle Ford Shale daily…


Mexico energy: High hopes for 'magnificent reform'

Ochoa said the Mexico Department of Energy estimates that foreign direct investment in the sector will rise by 50 percent by 2018, to $10 billion, and that 500,000 jobs will be created in the process.

Click here for complete article > CNBC

December 20, 2013

Susana Gonzalez | Bloomberg | Getty Images Pemex's La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico.When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signs a new oil reform into law Friday, it could mark a turning point for Latin America's second-largest economy, one of Mexico's leading energy officials told CNBC.

"It's a magnificent reform," Mexico's Energy Undersecretary Enrique Ochoa said in an exclusive interview. Along with many other energy experts, he thinks the law will lead to an increase in oil and gas production, as well as lower energy prices.

The law will change three articles of the nation's constitution, thereby allowing foreign investment and production-sharing agreements in Mexico for the first time in more than 70 years…


Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

"It's a grave concern," said Dan Sietsema, the emergency coordinator in northeastern Montana's Roosevelt County, where oil trains now pass regularly through the county seat of Wolf Point. "It has the ability to wipe out a town like Wolf Point.

Click here for complete article > Star Telegram

December 20, 2013

AP PHOTO MATTHEW BROWN In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, a BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil west of Wolf Point, Mont. As common as the mile-long trains have become across the U.S. and Canada, dozens of officials in the towns and cities where they travel say they are concerned they are not adequately prepared to handle an emergency, whether it is a derailment, a large spill or an explosion like those in Canada in July or another in Alabama in November. Railroad officials say that despite the high-profile accidents, transporting oil by trains is safe and that they also have crews stationed around the country to respond to emergencies.It's tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks.

As common as they have become across the U.S. and Canada, officials in dozens of towns and cities where the oil trains travel say they are concerned with the possibility of a major derailment, spill or explosion, while their level of preparation varies widely.

Stoking those fears was the July crash of a crude train from the Bakken oil patch in Lac Megantic, Quebec — not far from the Maine border — that killed 47 people. A Nov. 8 train derailment in rural Alabama where several oil cars exploded reinforced them…


Hydraulic Fracturing Videos: Celebrities: You Don’t Know What You’re Fracking Talking About

About 60% of oil and 98% of natural gas consumed in America is produced in America. Hydraulic fracturing is a safe process used in about 90% of U.S. wells. Banning fracking would virtually halt oil and natural gas development in America, causing us to import more energy from overseas where it’s done with less environmental protection.

Click here for complete article and videos > Western Energy Alliance

Recently, ill-informed Hollywood celebrities released a video on a topic they obviously know nothing about – fracking. Urging President Obama and the Governors of Colorado and New York to ban fracking, these celebrities clearly don’t understand that their lavish lifestyles depend on oil and natural gas. From providing the mobility to travel the world; heating and cooling their mansions; powering their electronics; and providing the feedstock for countless consumer products such as cosmetics, smart phones, clothing and the chemicals used in plastic surgery, their way of life would vanish without oil and natural gas…


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