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North Dakota Went Boom

nytimes.com -- Long before the full frenzy of the boom, you could see its harbingers at the Mountrail County courthouse in Stanley, N.D. Geologists had pored over core samples and log signatures and had made their educated guesses, and now it was the hour of the “landmen,” the men and women whose job was to dig through courthouse books for the often-tangled history of mineral title and surface rights.

Apart from a few fanatics who sometimes turned up at midnight, the landmen would begin arriving at the courthouse around 6 a.m. In the dead of winter, it would still be dark and often 20 or 30 below zero, and because the courthouse didn’t open until 7:30, the landmen would leave their briefcases outside the entrance, on the steps, in the order they arrived. And then they would go back to their cars and t


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:54:54 AM

and eventually it'll go bust.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:01:31 AM

dcox: good one. But very true.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 2:55:07 PM

Boom and doom time. Doom for regular folks there.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 7:18:03 PM

Ah politics.
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dcoxdcox44
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 8:19:24 AM

and their well water went fizzzzzzzzz!
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 9:04:40 PM


Much like jackals descending on a new carcass! How many land owners were vicitmized and huckstered in this moving feast of the hunt for mineral rights in the underworld nether regions?

[Edited by: NHLiveFree at 2/1/2013 11:05:40 PM EST]
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Marson
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 8:45:03 PM

Interesting.
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 8:30:16 PM


Glad to see a number of you also appreciated this article ;0}

Interesting to learn about how some of this process is accomplished.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 7:28:18 PM

Energy is BOOM and Bust....Boom and Bust, that's life.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:36:25 PM


All this new oil discovery doesn't seem to be helping keep gas prices down.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:28:35 PM

Wow! That article was great reading. I don't know how much of is is true, but even if none of it is, it's still a great read.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:13:41 PM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:12:06 PM

OTAY?
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:12:00 PM

Good point, LQQKGAS!
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Someone is going to be rich.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:09:29 PM

Interesting
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Someone's lining their pockets deeply!
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:01:54 PM


Boom is great!
Be aware of the ghost town after the Bust.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:56:38 PM

huge windfall profits for energy companies
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:56:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:55:08 PM

interesting but where are the lower gas prices?
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:54:14 PM

Great for ND ,I was thinking about going there to work in the oil fields. It's just sooooo stinking COLD there in winter.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:44:44 PM

Interesting story!!
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OK
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:34:51 PM

well that sounds about right
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Interesting story.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:33:06 PM

Osama Obama has a white hot (no pun intended) contempt of the energy industry,except for his donors in the wind and solar sectors.That contempt will result in the whole thing being shut down by the EPA...or the DoD.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:29:50 PM

With all the energy production in this country, we still have high prices.
Something is not right.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:29:05 PM

Huh?
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:28:44 PM

exporting our oil and importing foreign oil. Doesn't make any sense.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:27:43 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:26:53 PM

whatever.
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Ok.
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I can't believe this
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Then they get to deal with the pollution.
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Greed is the driving force.
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this is good for them
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What goes up must come down.
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I hope it doesn't crash again.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:06:28 PM

I just saw a satellite image from ND at night. Bright as NYC... from all the flair-off from fracking. Billions of tons of CO2 going up in the air.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:04:51 PM

Its a speculators world and these are some of the examples of the lengths they will go through to get land that they think is the next gusher.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:02:52 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:57:49 PM

Ok...
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That's carzy
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:51:30 PM

Good for them.
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They will probably give it to China before it's all over.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:51:03 PM

Of course, we still need more pipeline and refining capacity to take advantage of all this oil.

It strikes me odd that the writer seems to classify all seeking of opportunity as "avarice" when I thought it was just folks wanting to take action to better their lot in life instead of just waiting for it to come to them.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:45:08 PM

I bet many lawyers got very rich also!

[Edited by: nigelb at 2/1/2013 5:45:35 PM EST]
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Okay
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:35:16 PM

What about South Dakota?
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