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Blogosphere Buzz: Oil Industry Booms--in North Dakota

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 2, 2010

The blogosphere is buzzing about a recent Wall Street Journal editorial titled, "Oil Industry Booms--in North Dakota." The article discusses the state's recent economic prosperity as companies utilize advanced technologies to turn the Bakken Shale deposit into one of the fastest-growing oil-producing areas in the United States. bakken2.jpg

In just three years, the Bakken Shale has helped North Dakota double its oil production--surging to 80 million barrels in 2009--making the state the nation's fourth-largest oil producer, after Texas, Alaska and California.

The National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Shopfloor blog writes:

"Thanks largely to the oil boom, North Dakota's economy has fought off the recession. The state's unemployment rate in December was 4.3 percent... It's trouble other states would love to have. The first step to get there: Regard domestic energy development as a boon, not a bane."

Prairie Pundit praises the Bakken's development and criticizes the nation's current energy policies saying:

"...In the meantime they are preventing the energy industry from producing jobs and royalties to help pay down the massive debt they are running up."

University of Michigan (Flint) Professor Mark J. Perry of Carpe Diem comments:

"Just like how advanced drilling techniques have led to a revolution in the domestic natural gas industry, new technologies for drilling oil have revolutionized the domestic oil industry. That's one reason that peak oil is peak idiocy: it always underestimates the ultimate resource - human capital (i.e. human ingenuity and the resulting innovation, advances, new technology) - which is endless and boundless, and will never peak."


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.