ND Senate OKs Bill To Define Lakebed Mineral Ownership

BISMARCK — A bill to clarify mineral ownership under Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River moved forward Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a 37-9 vote in the North Dakota Senate. Senate Bill 2134 clarifies that North Dakota only claims ownership of minerals under the original channel of the Missouri River and not under Lake Sakakawea, created…
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ND House Approves Change To Oil Tax

BISMARCK – North Dakota House lawmakers voted 76-15 Wednesday, Feb. 8, to charge a flat 10 percent tax on oil production regardless of the price of oil, a change that the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opposes. House members approved House Bill 1166, which removes a so-called high-price trigger that would increase the state’s overall…
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Approval Of Dakota Access Easement ‘Imminent’

WASHINGTON — Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe is “imminent,” members of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him Tuesday he has directed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed…
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PSC Complaint Against Dakota Access Proceeds

BISMARCK — A complaint against Dakota Access Pipeline alleging violations of the North Dakota permit will proceed to a hearing, the state’s Public Service Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Commissioners unanimously denied a motion from the company to dismiss a complaint related to the company’s failure to immediately notify regulators after cultural artifacts were found…
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Budget Cuts Could Reduce ND’s Oversight Of Oil, Gas

BISMARCK – Balancing North Dakota’s budget could lead to less oversight of oil and gas development and fewer inspections of gathering pipelines at the same time that oil activity is expected to be on the upswing. Lynn Helms, the state’s top oil regulator, said inspections of well sites and facilities would be reduced by half…
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