Doug Burgum on Energy & Oil
Lignite (brown coal) is transforming power plant emissions
Our lignite industry continues to innovate and invest--providing essential baseload electricity to the grid--despite long-term economic and regulatory uncertainty created by over-reaching federal policy in the previous administration.
Project Tundra--which aims to capture carbon dioxide that can be used to revitalize old oil wells--was recently awarded the largest grant in the history of the Lignite Research Council, $15 million.
This partnership between the Energy and Environmental Research Center at UND--
lignite--and the oil and gas industry--is transforming power plant emissions to a marketable, value-added commodity.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to North Dakota Legislature
, Jan 3, 2019
On energy, all of the above
We have an approach in our state, which is all of the above. So we're supporting oil and gas. We're supporting coal. We're supporting wind. Oil and gas, obviously, most of that, a lot of that's going towards transportation fuels.
As the renewable continues to grow and grow, at a low variable cost, those dynamics put pressure on the economics between those two. We have to continue to sort that out as we go forward.
Source: 2018 North Dakota State of the State address
, Jan 23, 2018
Protest campers at Dakota Access Pipeline should leave
Burgum spoke of impending damage to the environment and potential danger to protesters and first responders if Dakota Access Pipeline opponents don't vacate the main camp in southern Morton County before a likely flood hits in March. The unauthorized
camp sits in a floodplain on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. Burgum said vacating the camp and cleaning up the abandoned cars, illegal structures and human waste from months of occupation will
be a costly and time-consuming effort.
"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has repeatedly asked for the remaining protesters to leave. We unequivocally support him in this request," Burgum said.
"Peaceful protest is a protected right of all Americans,"
Burgum said. "However, protesters must respect private property rights, court orders and law enforcement personnel. Acts of vandalism, harassment and trespass are not a part of North Dakota's character and will not be tolerated."
Source: Press release on 2017 North Dakota State of the State speech
, Feb 8, 2017
We are not running out of oil; we have a global surplus
We have a global oil surplus today because of the rapid advancements in technology. This stands in stark contrast to a multi-decade narrative that we were "running out of oil."
In energy exploration, some of these technologic advances that have contributed to the unforeseen abundance, such as deep horizontal drilling, were pioneered in the Bakken formation in North Dakota.
Source: Recode.net on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race
, Jan 31, 2016
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