State of North Dakota Archives: on Energy & Oil


Heidi Heitkamp: Right thing for country is to permit Keystone pipeline

Heitkamp stressed the importance for a long term policy that uses all resources and addressed the need for energy transmission. She said she believes President Obama has not done the right thing for the country by denying a permit for the Keystone pipeline and argued that she would stand up to him if elected.

Her opponent Rick Berg claims the problem lies in the senate and says he would work with both chambers of congress if elected to bring checks and balances to the EPA.

Source: KFYR-TV-5 Bismarck on 2012 N.D. Senate debates Oct 11, 2012

Heidi Heitkamp: Permit Keystone pipeline; "drill, baby, drill"

Heitkamp has pretty much disowned the Obama administration. She's been critical of the health care law, though she has said she wouldn't vote to repeal it. She's lambasted the president's decision not to permit the Keystone pipeline. She's been outspoken in her support of coal and oil development, even using the phrase "drill, baby, drill" in the single campaign debate so far.
Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Sep 30, 2012

Duane Sand: Build 20 nuclear power plants in 20 years

Sand said he's released a proposal on changing Social Security. He's also unveiled a plan that calls for building 20 nuclear power plants in 20 years as part of a national comprehensive energy policy.
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2012 N.D. Senate debate May 20, 2012

Jack Dalrymple: Decrease foreign oil reliance, expand ND energy development

The growth of the energy industry is vital to the continued prosperity of our state and to decreasing our nation's dependence on foreign oil. By bringing together key industry leaders, we can identify ways to expand all energy sectors, both traditional and renewable, and continue to position North Dakota as a leader in energy development.
Source: N.D. 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Empower N.D." Aug 1, 2011

Jack Dalrymple: Support for oil refineries expansion

I commend Tesoro Co. for expanding its capacity to refine oil produced in western ND. This project is another positive step that will help support North Dakota's growing oil production industry by expanding the market for oil from the state's gas and oil producing counties.

The project is a good example of private enterprise developing an opportunity that benefits both oil producers and individual consumers.

Tesoro's Mandan refinery processes crude oil that is transferred by pipeline from western ND.

Source: N.D. 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Refinery Expansion" Mar 21, 2011

Jack Dalrymple: Advocate for renewable fuels, blender pumps

The pace of installing blender pumps nationwide has been too slow and North Dakota is a good example of what can be accomplished when government and private industry work together.

North Dakota leads the nation in the number of blender pumps that offer mid-level blends and gasoline blended with up to 85% ethanol (E85). The EPA should do its part to expand market access for blended fuels by approving gasoline blended with 15% ethanol (E15) for use in all vehicles.

Source: N.D. 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Renewable Fuel" Mar 4, 2011

John Hoeven: Managed the rapid growth in ND's oil country

Potter criticized Hoeven for poorly managing the rapid growth in ND's oil country; many people can't afford housing because oil companies have raised the rent. "I've been to the oil patch. The story I'm hearing all over is that we've gone too fast,'' Potter said. "We've more than doubled the oil production. But it's tough on those towns.''

"I find it ironic that at a time when we have a national recession, Tracy wants to go to Washington D.C. because he knows how to slow things down,'' Hoeven said.

Source: Crookston Daily Times coverage of 2010 N.D. Senate Debate Sep 24, 2010

Tracy Potter: People can't afford housing in ND's oil patch

After a question about weaning the country off foreign oil, Potter criticized Hoeven for poorly managing the rapid growth in North Dakota's oil country. Potter said many people can't afford housing because oil companies have raised the cost of rent. "I've been to the oil patch. The story I'm hearing all over is that we've gone too fast,'' Potter said. "We've more than doubled the oil production. This is good. It's great for the economy. But it's tough on those towns.'
Source: Crookston Daily Times coverage of 2010 N.D. Senate Debate Sep 24, 2010

John Hoeven: More alternative fuel & more traditional fuel too

Source: 2004 N.D. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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