August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: North Dakota Making News

I’ve never been to North Dakota; in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone from that state. Now, one of the great oil discoveries of recent years, the immense Bakken Shale, has put the upper Plains state on the map for all to see. The problem is that not all you see or hear about is so wonderful, unless you’re a multibillion-dollar oilman. Every day those 1 million or so barrels of oil are produced keeps the cash register singing a happy tune for the producers, leaseholders, local businesses and the state coffers. Progress often comes with a price and such is the case of the Bakken. Let’s start off with gas flaring. While the gas industry touts t

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