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NDPC Survey Shows North Dakotans in Favor of Oil Development

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Last year's oil spills and train derailment may have shed a negative light on oil and gas development in our state.

But according to a recent survey, an overwhelming majority of North Dakotans are in favor of it.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council found that 73 percent agree the benefits of oil and gas development outweigh the risks.

Eighty-three percent believe its production should increase or stay the same.

The survey is conducted every year in November.

Petroleum Council Communications Manager Tessa Sandstrom says the agency is surprised to see these numbers have stayed this high.

She says this shows the industry is doing a good job and helps them keep track of top concerns in the state.

"I think people recognize the positive impact it has had on our state in terms of contributing to our economy, creating new jobs for our people, bringing them back. Certainly there are challenges but I think people recognize that it's kind of like living in your house while it's being renovated. It might be a little bit of a mess in the meantime but in the end it's going to be much better," says Tessa Sandstrom, Communications Manager, NDPC.

Don Morrison of the North Dakota Resource Council says there are some major problems and difficulties ahead that were not well planned for, such as water, hunting places, agriculture, and crime.

"What Dakota Resource Council and I think a lot of North Dakotans are saying is, we need to deal with those problems. We want oil and to solve those problems. And the oil industry keeps spending all their money telling us we're great, we're great, we're great. Well that's the wrong question," says Don Morrison, Executive Director, Dakota Resource Council.

Sandstrom says the surveys are conducted independent from the NDPC.

Morrison says they still helped write the questions.

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