1. "Airline boardings at North Dakota's eight large airports in January were up 19 percent over the year. The jump was due in large part to booming business at the Dickinson and Williston airports in western North Dakota's oil patch. Boardings at Dickinson were up nearly 78 percent, and they rose more than 172 percent in Williston."
2. Delta Airlines plans more flights and larger planes
that could mean more boardings at Minot International Airport. Boardings in January already were up 63 percent from January 2011. Andrew Solsvig, airport director, said that Delta will be bringing in an Airbus A-319 aircraft beginning the evening of March 4. The aircraft will be the first plane operated by the mainline company rather than by a regional carrier to fly out of Minot in almost three years." (ht: BakkenBlog News
3. From a new report from Citigroup Global Markets
: "The concept of peak oil is being buried in North Dakota
, which is now leading the US to be the fastest growing oil producer in the world. We expect oil production in the U.S. to surprise to the upside. We expect industry expectations to lag behind reality, just as they did with shale gas for many years." (ht: BakkenBlog News
Meanwhile, things aren't as bright for green energy....
4. "The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs
and stalled or abandoned projects after a deal to renew a tax credit failed Thursday in Washington. Up to 37,000 jobs, many in Illinois, could be lost as projects are halted or abandoned." Peak wind subsidies