Wouldn’t it be something if control of the United States Senate turned on a couple of misinterpreted Facebook posts by an overzealous supporter of an obscure Senator from North Dakota named Heidi Heitkamp? Could happen. Heidi, who I would have rated last week as having at least a 50-50 chance of holding her seat in … Continue reading Could A Facebook Screwup Determine Control Of The U.S. Senate?
Well, that was a waste of time. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, and sent copies to her fellow commissioners Randy Christmann and Brian Kroshus, asking them to assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery project being proposed for construction beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I … Continue reading Never Mind
Getting Bad News (From the Online Journal of Everett Charles Albers-Friday, September 20, 2002) “A few weeks ago — but about twenty days past — I turned yellow, most jaundiced in eye and skin. Damning whatever gods may be, convinced I had somehow contracted infectious hepatitis, I went to see a general practitioner. I … Continue reading Ev’s Back!
A LOT of people read yesterday’s post about the North Dakota PSC and the Davis Refinery on The Prairie Blog and Unheralded.Fish, and I had a number of requests asking how they could get involved. Here’s how: Write a letter. Elected officials react to public contact. Letters, e-mails, phone calls and attendance at meetings all … Continue reading Time To Get Involved
A letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Dear Julie, Don’t do it. Don’t just blindly accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge to reject the idea that you could assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery, which Meridian Energy wants to build three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That judge based … Continue reading Don’t Do It, Julie. Don’t Back Down.
There are two ways to look at the recommendation of Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward on Tuesday that the North Dakota Public Service Commission dismiss the complaint against that (expletive deleted) Meridian Energy for failing to get a site review from the PSC for its proposed refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. First, If you … Continue reading A Refinery Moves One Step Closer To Our National Park. But It’s Not Too Late To Stop It.
Note: This is a re-run of something I wrote seven years ago today, September 11, 2011. Yes, it has been a long ten years. On August 29, 2001, I sat beside my wife’s bed as she looked up at her doctor, exhausted, pale and gaunt after two years of unrelenting chemotherapy, and said “No more. … Continue reading September 11 Thoughts
Lest we let the threat of an oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park slip from our minds as we go about our busy fall lives, here’s an update on where things stand right now. Meridian Energy has started dirt work at the site beside I-94 on the road into the park, flouting the attempt … Continue reading Conservation Groups To Refinery: “Cease And Desist!”
A couple of weeks ago I wrote here about the proposed new bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River north of Medora that is being shoved down our throats by a megalomaniac county commissioner who wants to spend up to $20 million of our gas tax dollars on a “Bridge to Nowhere.” At the … Continue reading Comment Now On The “Bridge To Nowhere”
In the halcyon days of the 1970s in North Dakota, when the state was a quieter, kinder, friendlier, more thoughtful place, the Legislature passed a bill, and the Governor signed it, designating the Little Missouri River as our state’s only official State Scenic River, and creating a commission to look out for it. The Little … Continue reading The Halcyon Days Are Gone