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Senate passes N.D. oil and gas permit streamlining legislation

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp announced Friday that the Senate has passed legislation they authored that will help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., introduced the House measure, which also passed.

The Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act expands the service area of the Miles City, Mont., office to include North Dakota, according to a press release.

The office will now process permits for North Dakota, which will help address backlog and delays in places like Dickinson’s BLM office.

Federal permits have taken up to nine months for approval, according to Hoeven and Heitkamp, compared to 10 days for private land.

About 525 federal permits are awaiting approval.

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Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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