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Energizing North Dakota

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2016

The U.S. energy renaissance is on full display in North Dakota. Energy from the sprawling Williston Basin, which includes the Bakken shale – harnessed with modern hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – has North Dakota production numbers soaring:

The above is what oil production growth of more than 1200 percent looks like – all thanks to safe fracking. In 2000, North Dakota ranked ninth in the country in crude production, in 2010 it ranked fourth. Last year, North Dakota produced 429 million barrels, an all-time high, ranking it second behind Texas.

NDClick on the thumbnail to view a two-page energy infographic for the Peace Garden State.

North Dakota’s dramatic production increase is a big reason the United States leads the world in oil and natural gas output. As North Dakota energy production has expanded, so has U.S. output – helping the economy, benefiting individual households and making the country more energy secure. North Dakota is a microcosm of that larger energy picture.

It’s critically important that pro-development policies are followed to support and increase America’s energy renaissance. That means access to resources, fostering an environment for private investment in energy development – including needed energy infrastructure including pipelines – and reasonable regulatory structures that allow safe and responsible projects to go forward.

Check the chart on Page 2 of the North Dakota infographic for a comparison of the benefits of pro-development policies and the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in North Dakota and all the 50 states of energy. 


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.