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  • The residents of North Dakota and America owe something to fracking. Because of it, our state has grown to the No. 2 energy-producing state in the nation and our nation into the largest producer of both oil and gas, leading to billions of dollars in revenue for the state and federal government, more than 40,000 thousand new jobs in North Dakota, and opportunities in the many industries that support the growth statewide.

    In this next election cycle, North Dakotans ought to take a moment to consider the benefits of electing leaders who protect technologies that enhance oil and gas, and the impact that the energy industry has brought to our state.

    Electing leaders at the national, state and local levels is important in preventing government overreach when it comes to exploration and production – especially those bold enough to call for fracking bans.

    On the national level, the Democratic candidates threaten to ban fracking nationwide, killing opportunities for growth that North Dakota has greatly benefitted from in the past decade. These proposed policies would kill an industry that has fueled North Dakota’s economy for the past decade, including the future potential for growth from this technology.

    Our state leadership has been supportive of new technologies in helping us to compete in the global market. Our industrial commission members – Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring – have provided leadership that allowed North Dakota to become competitive and strengthen our state’s economy. Their leadership shows how common-sense regulation leads to economic success for citizens and states.

    And at the local level, our municipal and county leaders ought to support oil and gas, the largest economic driver in western North Dakota. Local leaders set the stage for local industry and an economic climate that is pro-growth.

    As we hear campaigns at all levels of government bring up the energy industry, take a moment to remember the benefits that oil and gas have brought to North Dakota, and that killing fracking kills jobs.

    Chris Geddes, Williston