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Hoeven calls for streamlined drilling permit process


North Dakota's senior U.S. senator on Wednesday lauded the efforts of a group charged with helping to find ways to quicken the permitting of federal lands for oil and gas drilling in the Bakken.

Republican John Hoeven said a recent meeting of the Bakken Federal Executives Group is a step in the right direction toward the government issuing permits in a more timely fashion, but added more needs to be done.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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