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Better watch your back Texas north Dakota's coming for you.
Oil production in the badlands is skyrocketing.
They're producing nearly half a million barrels of oil each day and that's only growing check out that -- but the main thing.
We're -- the -- is on track to pass California and even Alaska as soon as this January to become the number two for oil in the country.
Joining me now North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple.
Governor thanks for coming on the show tonight how did you check me into -- that this is astonishing that's kind of Europe.
Well the big news a course that comes out is about the oil development.
The discovery of the Bakken Formation out in western North Dakota.
That is a big deal.
But is certainly not the whole story of our economic growth out here -- were doing well in all of our industries.
And our unemployment rate is slow across the whole state.
Look across the state 3.5 percent I think it's the latest that's lowest in the country right now and this kind of demand for -- -- -- -- Actually last month jury -- drop down to two point 7%.
Certainly the lowest rate of all fifty states.
And now we're very proud of that we have 171000.
Available jobs throughout the state.
And actually the most had -- jobs that are available or -- on the eastern side of North Dakota near Fargo and Grand Forks.
Which is a long ways away from the oil -- so things are working everywhere.
Well -- you know thanks for the correction that is it is a pretty darn low.
Unemployment rate I don't think I've ever heard anything that low but it's -- -- -- seeing results -- here for example.
Doctors are being paid less than oil field workers in some cases.
And get fifteen bucks an hour work at the McDonald's.
In some counts is what I've heard.
The real demand here.
For workers you're jobless rate is very low -- say that everything's working what else is going right in North Dakota.
Well our other industries are also doing well course agriculture which is you know our biggest industry out here is doing fine.
But we're also doing well in technology and advanced manufacturing.
We've got -- -- Caterpillar.
Are all breaking ground adding new jobs in North Dakota so.
Oil is is certainly not the whole story.
Well governor Tellme is there anything -- can be replicated on a national basis.
I think that the Genesis of this is oil but is there anything that other governors across the country can look to let's say hey -- -- I'll -- back to.
Well yes we're getting a lot of inquiries about that these days.
From all over the country you know what are you doing differently out there in North Dakota that is.
Been making you so different from the -- the country.
We've been working on job creation in North Dakota diligently since about 2000.
And I know that's the new buzz word now but we've been at it for quite awhile while you forgot I'm running a public private partnerships.
We've we've had a running start we've we put that emphasis on things for quite some time.
And really it's about creating a friendly business climate.
Keeping taxes low keeping business taxes low.
Having a sensible regulatory environment.
And you know really it just having a very responsive state government that that would really well.
Let you know there aren't some problems with this rapid fire growth from what I understand because.
You know it's -- -- actually -- housing prices tick up -- traffic jams -- shortages.
And they are also now environmentalists saying that.
Bid -- the oil production there is could it fracking.
Is also creating problems how are -- responding to those complaints and those trouble.
Well it you know we do have -- true oil boom going on in western North Dakota there's no question about that end you know the jobs are.
Being created so fast that you know people are are just pouring in.
And you know it is a great challenge but we're committed to keeping up.
Taking care of the infrastructure keeping up the roads.
Putting in the utilities that are needed and getting the housing built and were were working very hard to keep up with that.
People are writing.
-- roles to North Dakota and they get for job offers in the first hour there there.
So you know that is the end of our -- end it is of.
I don't really think -- environmental concerns though because EPA is jumping up and down and saying we're gonna regulate we're gonna come and we're gonna regulate fracking.
How do you respond -- that what do you say about the EPA's concerns about environmental problems in your state.
Well we don't feel we have environmental problems whatsoever we have an excellent state Health Department and we administer all of the regulations that are required by federal law.
Fracking -- -- is a really misunderstood.
He had he's basically and North Dakota it takes place two miles down.
In the earth.
There is no you know you.
You know usable water supplies and any kind anywhere near that area.
You cracked Iraq's.
With water and that -- the oil come out and B&B pumped it is not unsafe.
And now we think EPA is really -- -- up the wrong tree.
Now with fracturing.
We think it's a safe thing to do and is is something that needs to continue and is not not a problem for the environment.
Well -- I'm sure we'll continue to follow this story thanks for coming on the show you know it's so nice to be able to tell the story about.
The state that's actually growing for a change instead of having trouble thanks for your time appreciate it.
You bet Gerri good to be with yeah.
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