North Dakota Is Drilling HERE! Drilling NOW! Dems Say: Huh? What Oil? Where?

Posted on Thu 07/31/2008 by

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Democrats Ignore North Dakota Oil

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Oil drilling equipment in Western North Dakota.

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In their efforts to demonize off-shore drilling and drilling in ANWR to make sure the U.S. never achieves energy independence, the Democrats in Congress have managed to keep the Bakken shale formation out of the headlines. The U.S. Geological Survey says it is the largest oil find it has ever assessed, with a potential of 3.65 billion barrels, second only to ANWR, with an estimated potential of 10.0 billion barrels.

“We are kidding ourselves if we think we can drill our way out of these problems”, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wisconsin said.

Bakken Formation
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Map of Williston Basin oil fields with reservoirs in Bakken Formation Area 200,000 square miles ( is north border).

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In April 2008 the USGS released this report, which estimated the amount of technically recoverable, undiscovered oil in the Bakken Formation at 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels, with a mean of 3.65 billion.[11]Later that month, the state of North Dakota’s report [12] estimated that of the 167 billion barrels of oil in-place in the North Dakota portion of the Bakken, 2.1 billion barrels were technically recoverable with current technology.

Environment Florida spokeswoman Holly Binns told the Media General news group off-shore drilling has no immediate impact on prices. “It would take 7-10 years to bring those resources to shore – to have any measurable impact on supply,” Binns said, advocating renewable energy resources.  Sierra Club lands program director Athan Manuel told a House committee that drilling has been unsuccessful in driving costs down. Manuel said, “since the Arab oil shock in the
1970’s, the U.S. has produced almost 90 billion barrels of oil, so we’ve tried drilling our way out of the problem and it just hasn’t worked.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said ongoing calls for more drilling “is the Johnny One-Note of the Republican party.”

North Dakota Oil… Democrats Say: Oil, What Oil?

It seems the Democrats haven’t heard of the Bakken field, or are choosing to ignore it. OPEC and the oil speculators would not ignore it if they thought the U.S. was serious about having a national strategy to reach energy independence. This could bring down the price of crude immediately; we wouldn’t have to wait until the oil coming from Bakken was fully on stream. The following article tells what is happening in North Dakota. With gasoline prices at over $4.00 a gallon, this information should be blaring headlines in all mainstream media.

Oil Makes Millionaires In North Dakota

James MacPherson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

BEULAH, N.D. – Oscar Stohler was raised in a sod house in western North Dakota and ranched there for nearly seven decades. He never gave much thought to what lay below the grass that fattened his cattle. When oilmen wanted to drill there last year, Stohler, 83, doubted oil would be found two miles underground on his property. He even joked about it. “I told them if they hit oil, I was going to buy a Cadillac convertible and put those big horns on the front and wear a 10-gallon hat,” Stohler recalled. He still drives his old pickup and wears a mesh farm cap” but it’s by choice….

Read the rest here Oil makes millionaires in North Dakota

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