BISMARCK – U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK –The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to set aside tribally owned land for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to relocate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County, but Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II stopped short of saying the tribe is moving the existing camp. “We’re trying to work with everybody in the area and we’re trying to build consensus, and we’re trying to do the best we can to accommodate safety,” he said Wednesday, Oct. 19.
BISMARCK – Families on child-care assistance will be among those feeling the pinch of budget cuts made by North Dakota state agencies to help offset a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall. Wednesday was the deadline for agencies that receive general fund appropriations to submit their 4.05 percent budget cuts as ordered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Feb. 1.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s tax revenues fell short of projections by nearly $49 million in October, marking the third consecutive month of lower-than-expected collections and prompting the state budget office to engage in talks about updating the forecast given to lawmakers in March. Overall tax revenues are $112 million, or 7.5 percent, less than projected for the first four months of the 2015-17 biennium that began July 1, according to figures being released today by the state Office of Management and Budget.
BISMARCK – State lawmakers adjourned their regular session Wednesday without passing their final bill, setting up the possibility of a special session to resolve differences in the budget bill for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. “This isn’t a war with the House and Senate,” said House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo. “This is a philosophical difference on the bill.”
BISMARCK — A company linked to the illegal stockpiling of oilfield waste inside an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota has reached a deal with state regulators that slashed the proposed $800,000 fine to $20,000, upsetting some local officials. Zenith Produced Water LLC agreed to pay $19,195 to cover the state’s cost of cleaning up the hundreds of filter socks discovered in February in the small town of Noonan. Filter socks are used to strain fluids produced during oil and gas exploration.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has hired a consultant to study and recommend ways to improve the state’s preparedness and ability to respond to train derailments, spills and other incidents involving crude oil. The department began discussing the need for such a study after the fiery derailment west of Casselton on Dec. 30, said Maj. Gen.
BISMARCK — Opponents of Measure 5 will flex their political muscle in North Dakota's largest cities Wednesday, highlighting the number of state lawmakers, local elected officials and business leaders fighting the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would establish a conservation fund with oil tax revenue. Press conferences are planned in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot for "decision makers" to announce their opposition the measure.
BISMARCK - Officials say a $5 million injection of federal funds announced Tuesday will provide training for hundreds of first-responders in how to deal with dangerous incidents on the nation's railroads, including oil-by-rail mishaps like the fiery derailment that shook Casselton, N.D., in December. The funds will support Transportation Technology Center Inc.
BISMARCK — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding a semitrailer that struck and killed a man who was walking on a highway in central North Dakota after crashing his car into a slough early Wednesday. The victim, who is from the Towner area, was driving south on N.D. Highway 14 with a passenger about 2:30 a.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at a T-intersection with U.S. 52 west of Drake and crashed into a slough, partially submerging the passenger car, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Orluck said. Orluck said the man got out of the vehicle and was walking on U.S.