The Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune: Scanning the possibilities for North Dakota in the coming year suggests 2014 will be huge. Big things will happen.
The state’s crude oil production is expected to hit the 1-million-barrel-a-day mark. The state’s population, the highest ever, will pass 725,000 residents. On top of all that, it will be the 125th anniversary of North Dakota statehood.
It will be a complicated year.
North Dakotans will continue to see their state change. Many believe it’s for the better, and others are not nearly as sure. There will be statewide and local ballot issues. Expect more growing pains related to the Bakken formation.
The issues evolving in the coming months will demand informed and engaged citizens.
North Dakotans are struggling with the consequences of a booming oil industry. While revenues from oil have helped many, including the state and its taxpayers, traffic and crime remain a challenge in the Western oil-producing counties.