Western N.D. Opposes ‘Takings’ Of Oil Tax Revenue

BISMARCK – Western North Dakota communities are fighting what they consider a money grab for a portion of oil tax revenue. Townships in the top nine oil-producing counties were set to share about $25 million in gross production tax revenue for 2017-19 through Senate Bill 2013. An amendment approved by the House diverts $16 million…
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ND Oil Production Up 5 Percent; Bakken Needs 1,000 Workers To Fill Oil Jobs, Regulator Says

WILLISTON, N.D. — — North Dakota oil production exceeded expectations in February, jumping 5.4 percent to more than 1 million barrels a day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday, April 13. Oil activity in the Bakken is projected to be “very aggressive” this summer, but companies are struggling to recruit enough workers for hydraulic…
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Burgum Signs Bills On Spill Reporting, Department Of Environmental Quality

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, April 7, that changes the threshold for reporting oil spills that are contained on well pads, a proposal that a landowner group urged him to veto. House Bill 1151 will no longer require oil companies to report oil and produced water spills of up to 10…
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Oil Industry Backs ND Tribe’s Request For More Tax Revenue

BISMARCK – Representatives of seven oil companies that operate on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation support sending a greater share of oil tax revenue to the Three Affiliated Tribes, a move that would cost the state $145 million in 2017-19. In a letter to Gov. Doug Burgum and legislative leaders, the oil industry representatives said…
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House Approves Missouri River Mineral Leasing Bill Estimated To Cost $187 Million

BISMARCK – House lawmakers voted 79-11 Thursday, April 6, to approve a plan that will change how minerals under Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River are leased, estimated to cost the state $187 million. Supporters of Senate Bill 2134 say the bill corrects what many see as a “land grab” by the state related to…
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