You’ve heard the complaints a hundred times from oil and gas drilling advocates…
“The United States hasn’t constructed a refinery since 1976. /p>
But it actually is true.
Thanks to authorities red tape and environmentalist strain, a new oil refinery hasn’t been constructed within the United States in over 25 years.
Regardless that we’re still in the grips of a nasty nationwide recession with spiking oil prices exacerbating the issue the government continues to face in the way in which of domestic growth of vitality resources resembling oil and natural gas.
However, Reuters reported yesterday the first refinery in over three many years could also be built in, ahem, North Dakota.
You see, the oil drilling boom within the Bakken is so massive, production has tripled in just three years to greater than 464,000 barrels per day.
And that figure is ready to go loads increased within the years to return.
Because of this, demand for diesel within the Bakken region has gone off the charts…
Lots of of diesel-fueled trucks are needed to accommodate the expansion in the largely distant state of North Dakota to haul crude to the closest pipeline or rail head, to haul refined products to the drilling site, or to truck in sand and water, key substances to hydraulic fracturing.
Because of its distant location, North Dakota has skilled periods of severe diesel shortages.
In response to the Reuters report:
Local diesel terminals had been sucked dry this month some for hours, others for days as a serious Indiana refinery underwent deliberate maintenance whereas fuel demand rose attributable to seasonal demand from farmers and shippers on the tail finish of the autumn harvest and the Bakken shale petroleum oil performs. Some truckers had to drive a whole bunch of miles to fill up.
“Trucks arrive at the loading station and some wait three to four hours and others in excess of eight hours,” mentioned Bud Kerr, operations manager at J5, a hauling company in North Dakota. “The issue appears to be worse than what it was final yr.”
What’s the solution?
Easy: Build a diesel refinery within the Bakken itself.
I like it. I really like North Dakota.
The refinery received county zoning approval last week and now awaits ultimate state approval.
Knowing North Dakota’s views and the historical past of its booming oil market, I’m inclined to believe this refinery will obtain overwhelming support. They know it means more jobs and more tax revenue to the state’s coffers.
If solely the White Home was following this positive story…
Observe the North Dakota Mannequin or Lose Reelection
I watched a video over the weekend of liberal lapdog Chris Matthews speaking about Obama’s reelection chances.
Showing frustrated and confused by the limpness of the Obama administration, Matthews says: “What are we making an attempt to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us? What’s he going to do within the second time Petroleum Refining period? More of this? Is that this it? Is this pretty much as good as it will get? /p>
Remember, this is similar man who mentioned not way back that Obama gave him a tingle up his leg. Now it’s a headache.
It could be too late for Obama. A few weeks in the past, Obama punted on the Keystone Pipeline mission, delaying the decision to construct (or not) till after the 2012 election.
In a perverse end result, two of Obama’s core constituencies unions and environmentalists have been engaged in a battle royal with each other over the venture.
Labor unions supported the thought, realizing the development of the Keystone XL Pipeline would carry tens of 1000’s of good-paying union jobs (they are within the ninety nine%, by the way) to America.
Terry O’Sullivan, President of the Laborers Worldwide Union of North America, mentioned this in response to the U.S. State Department delay of the Keystone XL:
Environmentalists formed a circle across the White Home and inside days the Obama Administration chose to inflict a potentially fatal delay to a challenge that’s not only a pipeline, but is a lifeline for 1000’s of determined working men and women. The Administration selected to support environmentalists over jobs job-killers win, American staff lose.
Environmental groups from the Pure Assets Protection Council to the Sierra Club may be dancing in the streets, having delayed and probably stopped yet another mission that will put men and women back to work. While they have a good time, pipeline employees will proceed to lose their properties and livelihoods.
To make it worse, final week the Obama administration angered workers once more in Ohio by delaying for six months a mineral lease auction in Ohio’s shale-rich region, which is estimated to create 200,000 jobs.
Components of Ohio’s rust belt have some of the best unemployment in the nation. Nevertheless it sits on the nation’s largest shale gasoline formations, the Marcellus and Utica.
My father was a union carpenter for over 30 years. Although I don’t all the time agree with what unions stand for, I do know this: They need to work.
Obama would leap 20 approval-ranking points if the unemployment fee dropped. All he has to do is have a look at North Dakota and Western Pennsylvania for a clue.
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to attend on the federal government…
We are able to participate in the Bakken boom right now.
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