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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 to complete the pipeline. Hoeven released the statement after meeting with Speer and Vice President Mike Pence.
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 in the pipeline route in Morton County.
BISMARCK - A bill introduced in the North Dakota House in response to recent Dakota Access Pipeline protests would increase the criminal penalties for engaging in a riot. House Bill 1426 would elevate offenses such as instigating a riot of 100 or more people or providing firearms or weapons for a riot from a Class C felony to a Class B felony. That would double the maximum penalties for such offenses to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
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 in 2017-19 if the Department of Mineral Resources budget is cut at the levels proposed by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple or Gov. Doug Burgum.
BISMARCK - Former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley joked on social media about filling his time with errands and to-do lists after he left office last month, but he didn't stay out of work for long. Wrigley now works as an adviser for Sanford Health in Bismarck, a job he started on Jan. 3. "It was settled before I left office but I just wasn't talking about it at all," Wrigley said in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 25.
BISMARCK - A bill that would reduce the number of oil spills reported in North Dakota got a green light Wednesday, Jan. 25, from state House lawmakers, but a landowner group plans to keep raising concerns about the proposal. House legislators voted 82-11 in favor of House Bill 1151, which would no longer require companies to report spills of crude oil, produced water or natural gas that are contained to a well site or production location and are less than 10 barrels, or 420 gallons.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed two orders on Tuesday to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental policies in favor of expanding energy infrastructure. In a statement, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it will take legal action to fight the administration order on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
BELFIELD, N.D. — A dam has been constructed across a creek in southwest North Dakota after an oil-related spill contaminated the waterway this weekend, the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday, Jan. 23. A leak that occurred Saturday caused a spill of about 280 barrels, or 11,760 gallons, of emulsion, which is a mixture of oil and produced water that comes out of the well prior to treatment.
BISMARCK — A package of bills introduced by North Dakota House Democrats aims to bring more transparency and accountability to state government. The proposals include forming an ethics committee for the North Dakota Legislature, making more public records accessible online, prohibiting foreign campaign contributions and preventing candidates from using campaign funds for personal use.
BISMARCK — A bill that would put all of North Dakota on Central time and exempt the state from daylight savings time drew little testimony Thursday, Jan. 19, but lawmakers said it's a hot topic among their constituents. Sen. Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, said he proposed Senate Bill 2167 after hearing from people in his district who complained about difficulties adjusting to daylight savings time. "I just think it's a good idea not to have to disrupt your life and change your clock every six months," Oehlke told members of the Senate Transportation Committee.