Trouble in Boom Town North Dakota

A redirection of taxpayer money in North Dakota may fund new #fracking sites, rather than cleaning up old ones.

The Dakota Resource Council and North Dakotans for Public Integrity sent a letter Tuesday to both the state Industrial Commission and the Emergency Commission regarding the use of $16 million in CARES Act funds for the program. They allege the state is violating the North Dakota Constitution’s “anti-gift” clause by giving the money to oil companies.

North Dakota regulator sees Bakken shale growth stalled until 2022

Growth in demand is only expected to resume from late-2021 at the earliest, Helms said. On top of an improvement in consumption, growth in shale depends on investments to replace wells that decline rapidly.

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