North Dakota

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will continue curbing oil output through March 2018, opening the door for more production in the United States.

 

Late last year, OPEC -- along with Russia -- agreed to cut production. 

The cartel wanted to boost oil prices amid an oversupply of crude on the global market. 

But OPEC's cuts gave the United States an opportunity to fill in the gap. Oil production here soared and prices have moved up, but more slowly than anticipated. 

In North Dakota, Will Wind Keep The Lights On?

May 16, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

Steven Somsen’s farm has looked the same his entire life -- it’s flat, with wheat and soybeans that will soon grow as far as the eye can see.

But the 61-year-old’s view changed last year.

“Those are the closest ones to us, but they’re not our towers,” he said, pointing to several nearby wind turbines. “That’s the neighbors’. Ours are way, way off in there.”

One hundred wind turbines dot the farmland around his rural community of Courtenay in eastern North Dakota. Somsen has three on his land.

Amy SIsk / Inside Energy

With Donald Trump as president, North Dakota’s oil patch got its wish: a permit to complete the massive Dakota Access Pipeline.

The easement to complete construction under the Missouri River was signed Wednesday. With that permit in hand, the 1,200-mile pipeline could carry Bakken crude to market in Illinois in as little as 80 days.

But the pipeline faces one final hurdle: a legal challenge from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies next to the pipeline route.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

North Dakota has never experienced anything like the battle over the 1,200 mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of people from across the globe flocked to a remote grassy field this year, building a village of tents and teepees from scratch.

Protests near construction sites and in the state capital of Bismarck led to clashes with police, whose armored vehicles and pepper spray played out on Facebook streams broadcast live to the world.

Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has joined the growing number of people arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

 

She was arrested Monday for allegedly engaging in a riot and criminal trespass, according to law enforcement in North Dakota’s Morton County. The sheriff’s office says she was on private property at a pipeline construction site with a crowd of more than 100 protesters.

 

Court Denies Tribe's Pipeline Appeal

Oct 11, 2016

Construction can resume on a controversial stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota after a federal appeals court on Sunday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction.

 

The tribe sought to halt work within 20 miles of the Missouri River. Tribal officials claim past construction there destroyed burial grounds.

 

Amy Sisk

More than a month after construction began on a controversial stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the front line of the fight is filled with faces from Alaska to Florida.

The indigenous people here on the North Dakota prairie have waged similar fights on their reservations.

  Take the Sahme family, who set up camp a short walk from the central fire where people converge to hear prayer and song to the place.

“My dad brought a good tent,” said Tiwani Sahme as he opens the zipper.

The developer of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline says it intends to meet with federal officials about the government’s decision to stop construction on the project near the Missouri River.

 

Western energy states see unemployment jump

Jun 21, 2016

Several western states whose economies depend heavily on the fossil fuel industry have seen major jumps in unemployment. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk has more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Colorado’s unemployment rate went up significantly in May. Over the past year, rates in Wyoming and North Dakota grew faster than any other state. Plummeting prices for coal, oil and natural gas hit workers hard. In Wyoming.

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