Legislature Gives Final Approval To Lake Sakakawea Mineral Bill

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Legislature has approved a bill clarifying that the state does not own minerals under Lake Sakakawea, setting up a process to return an estimated $187 million in bonus, rent and royalty payments. Supporters of Senate Bill 2134 say it’s about doing the “right thing” for citizens who retained their minerals…
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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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Former Worker Says Lake At Risk Of Oil Leak, Pipeline Contractor Defends Workmanship

NEW TOWN, N.D. – A former crew member on an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota claims that pipe installed under Lake Sakakawea was not properly inspected and he fears the lake could be at risk. But the owner of the pipeline contracting company stands by the work and says the claims are false…
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Lake Sakakawea Response Team Tries To Answer: What If?

NEW TOWN, N.D. – A December oil well blowout east of here had minimal effect on Lake Sakakawea, but it was too close for comfort for those who love the lake. “Our concern was: What if? What if that water hadn’t been ice covered? What if it was spring?” said Terry Fleck, chairman of the…
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