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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.
BISMARCK — Groups that represent North Dakota landowners plan to oppose a bill that would reduce the number of spills the oil industry reports. House Bill 1151 would raise the threshold on spill reporting, exempting companies from having to report spills up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, that are contained on an oil well site or saltwater disposal well. Bill sponsor Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, said his proposal would bring state law in line with federal standards for reporting spills on well sites, which are designed to contain small spills.
BISMARCK — Morton County landowners who claim Dakota Access LLC deceived them into accepting an unfair price for pipeline easements are seeking more than $4 million in damages in a federal lawsuit. A group of landowners claims in a U.S. District Court case that Dakota Access agents harassed, threatened and intimidated them and used fraud and misleading statements to secure a lower price in exchange for allowing the pipeline to cross their land.
BISMARCK — The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a legislative hearing that brought up unresolved conflicts over how the state shares oil tax revenue with the tribe. "We are not bluffing. Oil industry, please, take that back," Chairman Mark Fox said during a meeting of the House Finance and Taxation Committee. "We'll roll the dice on what that means for production on Fort Berthold."
WASHINGTON - The online classified advertising site Backpage.com shut down its "adult" section this week hours after a Congressional report accused the website of knowingly facilitating sex trafficking. Many involved in the fight against human trafficking celebrated the removal of the adult ads Tuesday, Jan. 10, but acknowledged the sex-for-sale ads would migrate elsewhere.
BISMARCK — Key cities in North Dakota's Oil Patch are poised for additional growth as oil prices recover and will require more funding to meet the needs of a growing population, according to a new study. The growth, though, is expected to be at a more modest pace compared with recent years, said the study presented to state legislators Monday, Jan. 9.