This via Bob Collins at MPR’s News Cut, a look at North Dakota’s Bakken oil field from space:
…Ken Paulman at Midwest Energy News [provided] a long look at the “cool” video that NASA put out…
The image Paulman pulled from the video certainly presents a compelling view of how big the oil fields are and, given that some of that light may be caused by the burning of natural gas, what sort of impact the entire operation is having on terra firma.
MPR has been covering the oil boom; I got one of the emails their Public Affairs department sends out looking for people and insights on stories. They’re looking, it seems, for the pros and cons.
I’m sure they’ll get plenty of cons. I know my sister’s husband is going start commuting to the Bakken from Billings next week; two weeks on, one week off.
But here’s a pro for you; when I left NoDak back in 1985. the pace was genuinely depressed. There was nothing going on up there. Only the eastbound lane of I94 over the Red River ever needed repair. The state was drying up and dying; idiot East Coast academics were discussing turning the whole place into a “Buffalo Commons” – basically giving the whole place back to nature (apparently not asking the Native Americans what they thought about it).
Serves ‘em right.