North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple on State's 'Oil Boom'
In an exclusive interview, energyNOW! correspondent Patty Kim speaks to Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) about North Dakota’s oil boom.
North Dakota’s oil production has more than tripled in the past five years as energy companies use horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to access oil in the Bakken Shale. The state now accounts for 6 percent of U.S. oil production, according to the Energy Information Administration.
That percentage could climb “much higher,” Dalrymple says. North Dakota’s government will spend almost $1 billion on infrastructure in the state’s northwest to keep up with the local impacts of a “bona fide oil boom,” Dalrymple says.
The governor also reacts to last week’s explosion at a North Dakota well site, which killed two workers and injured two others. “You never want to see a fatality anywhere in an industry," Dalrymple says.
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