By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 7/02/19 (Tue)
Several weeks ago I received an email from the Bismarck Tribune regarding a headline in which the
It cited the Lac-Megantic disaster in 2013 in which 47 were killed and the explosion west of Casselton, also in 2013.
This is the same Lynn Helms who announced on statewide TV two weeks before the Casselton explosion that he was going to write a white paper and prove once and for all Bakken crude isn’t volatile. Two weeks later the “Casselton Cocktail” went boom and put a scare into just about everybody.
If Bakken oil is harmless, how did those trains explode? Did they just spontaneously combust, or did somebody sabotage the train that caused the explosions?
You’ll recall that months ago, Helms was instrumental in convincing the Industrial Commission to lower the standards on the volatility of Bakken crude because it’s apparently a lot of work for the oil companies to get this under control.
Helms is also the individual who didn’t want to impose fines on those who ditched a building full of radioactive filter socks in the
That’s all disturbing enough, but where this becomes interesting is in the lack of media coverage.
Amy Dalrymple of the Bismarck Tribune wrote an article about Helms lobbying the Washington Legislature. Unfortunately, if you wanted to read the article, you would have to subscribe.
None of the other
In fact, it didn’t get picked up, at least not in
You have to wonder why this wasn’t carried in the state?
On the other hand, if there is something good happening in the oil industry, the news is all over it. For instance when
There is never any rebuttal. It’s completely one sided. Here’s an example. Continental Resources public affairs flew from
But when that same company had a blowout 200 feet from the
Why isn’t this news fair and balanced like Fox News claims to be? The general public would certainly be less skeptical. Too many people, however, are afraid if they say something negative about the oil companies, they’ll pack up and move to
Did the coal companies leave the state when Gov. Art Link made them reclaim the land they were destroying in the early ‘70s? No!
Our Legislature and the Industrial Commission, have allowed the oil companies a carta blanche agenda.
Don’t you think every legislative body would want to protect its own citizens? Most would.
We always tell others to keep their noses out of our business, now we are poking our heads into
The oil companies are going to be here whether the state government cooperates or not. They know there is oil in the state and they anticipate getting it.
It’s that simple.
The oil companies should be held accountable for their actions rather than being protected. If that were the case, maybe people wouldn’t quickly become skeptical when Lynn Helms speaks. Remember, he works for