Joan Hoffman, Published October 14 2010
‘Hands-off’ stance was a red flagI listened to our North Dakota U.S. Senate candidates debate. I was shocked to hear Gov. John Hoeven accuse state Sen. Tracy Potter, D-Bismarck, of wanting to “slow down the economy” by regulating the number of oil well permits. Our residents and businesses are entitled to the income benefits from all energy sources; however, we must be good stewards of our resources.
The governor’s comments are a “red flag” for me. Driving through our western communities, the effects of his “hands-off” approach” are visible.
Yes, the oil boom brought jobs, but at what cost? Hoeven admitted he does not want any regulations for big oil companies. Potter had a very good point: control the speed of permits thus promoting solid growth for generations. Williston is an example of “oil boom and bust” problems.
Research the process of fracking and its dangers, problems, hazards and the damage it has caused in other states. Design regulations to protect our citizens, water, land and environment. Hoeven does not want fracking regulated either. Why? Let’s hold companies accountable now and in the long term.
I’m glad I listened to the debate. This example of Hoeven’s “hands off big business” leadership style is not one I want in the U.S. Senate.