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BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday he is forming an advisory panel to research the latest technologies available to enhance pipeline safety in North Dakota, saying a major oil spill discovered near Tioga on Sept.
BISMARCK — More than 55,000 barrels of saltwater — about 2.3 million gallons — produced by the oil and gas industry have been spilled on North Dakota land in the past 22 months, posing an environmental risk to soil, plants and freshwater resources in dozens of cases, a Forum News Service review of incident reports found. State regulators highlight that most of the saltwater was contained and cleaned up on well sites. Reports show 81 percent of the 1,085 releases of saltwater — some of it mixed with oil, diesel fuel or other liquids — were contained on site or within the leaking pipeline’s ri
WILLISTON, N.D. —The White House’s director of drug control policy says Williams County, in the heart of North Dakota’s Oil Patch, will be designated later this month as part of the federal government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. The designation will open up the area to “significant” federal resources to help national, state and local officials combat drug trafficking and abuse in the area, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s office stated in a news release Thursday. The announcement follows a July visit to western North Dakota by R.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a $350 million wind farm in Stutsman County after the project’s developer made changes to accommodate an aerial spraying business. The Courtenay Wind Farm will encompass 21,000 acres with 100 wind turbines generating a total of 200 megawatts of electricity per hour that will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy. Geronimo Energy, the project’s developer, estimates the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes annually, said Mark Nisbet, No
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a $350 million wind farm in Stutsman County after the project’s developer made changes to accommodate an aerial spraying business. The Courtenay Wind Farm will encompass 21,000 acres with 100 wind turbines generating a total of 200 megawatts of electricity that will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy.
BISMARCK — Questions about health insurance plans being discontinued under Obamacare dominated discussion about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday at the Capitol, with one Republican lawmaker saying many people feel the law’s grandfather-clause exemption was “misrepresented at the highest levels.” The Legislature’s Health Care Reform Review Committee heard from representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Sanford Health Plan, both of which have been notifying customers that their plans are being canceled because they don’t meet the act’s new guidelines. Insurance Commissione
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple will announce today his appointment to the state tax commissioner’s post being vacated by current Commissioner Cory Fong’s pending exit to the private sector. The three finalists for the job are Jon Godfread, vice president of governmental affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Hazen Mayor Mark Nygard, who retired last year as manager of construction for Basin Electric Power Cooperative; and current Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who’s been in that position since June 2009. Lt.
BISMARCK – More than $35 million approved by state lawmakers last spring to spur construction of affordable housing for essential workers and low-income residents has already been committed, leaving no available funding until 2015 and demonstrating the pent-up demand for affordable housing across North Dakota, a state official said Thursday. The demand is coming not only from western counties dealing with an influx of oil workers and related population growth but also from eastern counties, said Jolene Kline, acting executive director of the North Da
BISMARCK — A nonprofit organization that specializes in energy policy is pulling together a broad panel of leaders and planning public input meetings to discuss how North Dakota should spend its Legacy Fund, which oil and gas revenue has helped swell to $1.4 billion. Brad Crabtree, program director of the Great Plains Institute, said the goal is to develop a “consensus vision” for the fund’s future and make recommendations to the state Legislature on the long-term governance, investment and purposes of the fund, which can’t be tapped until 2017. “North Dakota is tremendously privileged to ha
TIOGA, N.D. — Tesoro Logistics has restarted the oil pipeline that was shut down Sept.