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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Tribe Seeks Greater Share Of Oil Tax Revenue In Final Weeks Of Session

BISMARCK — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is seeking a greater share of oil tax revenue to offset impacts of energy development on the reservation. Chairman Mark Fox said he continues to have concerns about changes North Dakota legislators made to the oil tax in 2015 and he’s meeting with the governor and legislators…
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Pipeline System That Leaked At Risk Of Future Failures, Regulators Say

BELFIELD, N.D. – The Belle Fourche Pipeline system that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River is in a landslide-prone area and vulnerable to future spills, federal pipeline regulators say. A document from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows that regulators believe the pipeline company may have experienced other spills in southwest…
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