Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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BISMARCK — A complaint against Dakota Access Pipeline alleging violations of the North Dakota permit will proceed to a hearing, the state's Public Service Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Commissioners unanimously denied a motion from the company to dismiss a complaint related to the company's failure to immediately notify regulators after cultural artifacts were found in the pipeline route in Morton County.
BISMARCK - Balancing North Dakota's budget could lead to less oversight of oil and gas development and fewer inspections of gathering pipelines at the same time that oil activity is expected to be on the upswing. Lynn Helms, the state's top oil regulator, said inspections of well sites and facilities would be reduced by half in 2017-19 if the Department of Mineral Resources budget is cut at the levels proposed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple or Gov. Doug Burgum.
BISMARCK - Former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley joked on social media about filling his time with errands and to-do lists after he left office last month, but he didn't stay out of work for long. Wrigley now works as an adviser for Sanford Health in Bismarck, a job he started on Jan. 3. "It was settled before I left office but I just wasn't talking about it at all," Wrigley said in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 25.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II called on supporters to take their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to Washington, D.C., rather than come to North Dakota to protest. Archambault, who held a conference call with reporters a day after President Donald Trump's action to advance construction of the controversial pipeline, said the tribe stands by its decision to ask people to leave the pipeline resistance camp near Cannon Ball.
BISMARCK — A package of bills introduced by North Dakota House Democrats aims to bring more transparency and accountability to state government. The proposals include forming an ethics committee for the North Dakota Legislature, making more public records accessible online, prohibiting foreign campaign contributions and preventing candidates from using campaign funds for personal use.
BISMARCK — A bill that would put all of North Dakota on Central time and exempt the state from daylight savings time drew little testimony Thursday, Jan. 19, but lawmakers said it's a hot topic among their constituents. Sen. Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, said he proposed Senate Bill 2167 after hearing from people in his district who complained about difficulties adjusting to daylight savings time. "I just think it's a good idea not to have to disrupt your life and change your clock every six months," Oehlke told members of the Senate Transportation Committee.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday, Jan. 17, he supports efforts to streamline North Dakota oil spill reporting to make information more accessible to the public. The comments came as Burgum led his first meeting as chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission during discussion on a bill related to reporting on oilfield spills.
MINOT, N.D. – Bakken oilfield workers who are still owed wages after their employer abruptly went out of business in 2015 began receiving some compensation Monday, Jan. 16, thanks to an anonymous donor. More than 40 former employees of WCE Oil Field Services will receive checks for a portion of the wages they are owed through a donation secured by the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota.
BISMARCK—North Dakota oil production dropped about 1 percent in November but continues to be above 1 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday, Jan. 13. The state produced an average of 1.03 million barrels per day, according to the latest preliminary figures. Operators completed more wells in November, bringing the number of wells that have been drilled but waiting on hydraulic fracturing crews to 839, down 21 from the previous month.
BISMARCK — A bill that would raise the threshold for reporting oil spills got mixed reviews Thursday, Jan. 12, with proponents saying it would improve government efficiency while opponents advocated for more transparency. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard about two hours of testimony on House Bill 1151, which would exempt companies from reporting spills that are contained on a production site that are less than 10 barrels, or 420 gallons.