The Refinery Threat To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Just Won’t Go Away

More than three years after it was first given an Air Quality Permit To Construct an oil refinery on the doorstep of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Meridian Energy Group has received another 18-month permit extension to begin building the refinery. The company said when the permit was first granted in June of 2018 that they … Continue reading The Refinery Threat To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Just Won’t Go Away

Yes, It’s September 11. Again.

September 11 has mostly come and gone. The twentieth anniversary of what has become simply "9-11." I did nothing to observe that anniversary today. I did not watch television, or read the newspaper stories about the events of 20 years ago. Instead I did things I would always do on a Saturday in September. I … Continue reading Yes, It’s September 11. Again.

Keeping Track Of Bridges and Refineries

A short update on a couple of things that I have written about recently. MERIDIAN ENERGY As I reported here earlier this summer, Meridian Energy Group’s Permit to Construct the Davis Refinery just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park expired in June, three years after it was first issued by the North Dakota Department … Continue reading Keeping Track Of Bridges and Refineries

Sometimes You Have To Go Camping To Get Good News

I haven't written here lately because we went camping. For about three weeks. We went to the Pacific Northwest, seeking national parks and seafood. We found both. And we learned some things about camper trailers, and “glamping.” Most importantly, camper trailers should be towed to a destination and parked for a few days. We spent … Continue reading Sometimes You Have To Go Camping To Get Good News

Camping 101, With Diversions

This article appears in the July edition of Dakola Country magazine, which will be on the stands this week. I’m a camper. I started camping as a Boy Scout. My dad was scoutmaster for Troop 34 in Hettinger, North Dakota, and loved to take his Scouts to his favorite campsite, beside the Grand River just … Continue reading Camping 101, With Diversions

DEQ To Meridian: You’ve Got 90 Days

At midnight tomorrow night, Meridian Energy Group’s Air Pollution Control Permit To Construct an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, issued by the North Dakota Department of Health, will expire. Now don’t get too excited. This nightmare isn’t over. This has happened before. This is the second time the permit has expired. The … Continue reading DEQ To Meridian: You’ve Got 90 Days

It’s Going To Be A Long, Hot Summer In the Badlands

(Reprinted from Dakota Country magazine, June, 2021) Most years, the North Dakota Badlands, as I write this in early May, are changing color. As the ground warms, the winter’s snowmelt brings hints of green into the brown landscape of buffalo and crested wheat grass and little bluestem, and by the end of the month, as … Continue reading It’s Going To Be A Long, Hot Summer In the Badlands

Like Rats On A Sinking Ship . . .

Meridian Energy Group, the troubled startup company that has announced plans to build an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, has closed all of its offices and three of its top executives have left the company, leading energy industry watchdogs to question the future of the company. The company lists three offices on … Continue reading Like Rats On A Sinking Ship . . .

Donald Trump And I Got Censored By Facebook

Looks like it’s going to be a rainy, windy day. A day to stay inside and write, something I haven’t done for a while. I need to share with you something that happened a little more than a week ago at this same keyboard I am writing at today. I got censored by Facebook. Now … Continue reading Donald Trump And I Got Censored By Facebook