A Refinery Moves One Step Closer To Our National Park. But It’s Not Too Late To Stop It.

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.

Conservation Groups To Refinery: “Cease And Desist!”

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!”

Comment Now On The “Bridge To Nowhere”

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”

The Halcyon Days Are Gone

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

“Honest, Officer, I Thought Owned That Land.” Wrong.

If you read The Bismarck Tribune Tuesday morning, you read Amy Dalrymple’s pretty good story about Monday’s marathon Little Missouri Scenic River Commission meeting.  I’m going to write more about that later. I’ll just say, for now, be careful what you wish for. What I want to write about today is one of the things … Continue reading “Honest, Officer, I Thought Owned That Land.” Wrong.

“A Bridge To Nowhere”

Well, after nearly a dozen years of delay, it looks like Billings County is finally going to build a bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River north of Medora. The county posted a notice in the Federal Register on October 12, 2006, that it was beginning an Environmental Impact Statement process “for a proposed … Continue reading “A Bridge To Nowhere”

Of Refineries and Bridges

There is news this week on several fronts involving threats to the North Dakota Bad Lands. There are some long documents to read. Here’s a summary. More when I get done reading them. THAT DAMN REFINERY First, Meridian Energy’s proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You probably read that the Dakota Resource Council … Continue reading Of Refineries and Bridges

Who Wants To Invest In A Refinery? Here’s How You Can Do It.

I wrote here a couple weeks go about the beginning of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, created by Congress in 1947, and about the proposed oil refinery that threatens it, a refinery that has now been issued a permit by the State of North Dakota to build the dang thing. It’s been seventy years since Congress … Continue reading Who Wants To Invest In A Refinery? Here’s How You Can Do It.

Republicans Raising Taxes In North Dakota? Yep. They Did That. And The Democrats Cheered.

Wait a minute. Wait A Minute! WAIT A MINUTE! What the heck is going on here? The North Dakota Legislature raised your taxes, and everybody’s cheering! The cheerleaders? Republicans: Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. Democrats: Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Tax Commissioner candidate Kylie Overson. The chant: “A victory for North … Continue reading Republicans Raising Taxes In North Dakota? Yep. They Did That. And The Democrats Cheered.