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    Bette Grande is a research fellow for energy, environment and pension issues at The Heartland Institute. Prior to coming to Heartland, she served as a North Dakota State Representative from 1996–2014, representing the 41st district.

    Grande has also served as chair of the energy division of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, energy committee member of the Council of State Governments.

    Grande holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of North Dakota. She has been married to her husband Don for 38 years, and they have three children and two grandsons. Born and raised in Williston, North Dakota, Grande’s family operates a multiple-generation family business in the Williston Basin, which is in the heart of the Bakken formation.

    About this Blog – Frac Baby Frac

    As a recovering politician, I have continued to observe the energy industries in North Dakota and elsewhere. I continue to write about issues affecting the Bakken and I started Frac Baby Frac to post my articles and observations about energy and environmental issues, and anything else that I find interesting.

    During my time as a State Legislator and as a Research Fellow for The Heartland Institute, I have been blessed to meet amazing people with experience and expertise on a wide range of policy issues affecting our country. Under the “Interesting” tab on this Blog I post writings from some of these friends as they relate to energy and environment issues, or other interesting topics.

    I was born and raised in Williston, ND and have lived through the ups and downs of the oil & gas industry for most of my life. The story of the Bakken is one of risk taking, innovation, experimentation and good public policy. The lessons learned in the Bakken laboratory reach across the globe and will continue to provide blessings for generations. As I look back to the last 10 years in the Bakken I am amazed at what has happened – and what continues to happen daily. Even with all that has been accomplished we are only about 25% of the way into the development of the Bakken. Three-fourths of the story is yet to be told and my hope is that Frac Baby Frac will play a part in telling this story.

    I want Frac Baby Frac to be informative, useful and fun. The Blog will change over time as I get the hang of this.

    Enjoy and be blessed,


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