Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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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.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk has resigned from state office after accepting a job at the Energy and Environmental Research Center, he announced Thursday, Jan. 19. Kalk’s last day serving on the three-member commission is Jan. 31. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum will appoint a successor for Kalk, who has served two years of his second six-year term.
BISMARCK — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe applauded the federal government Wednesday, Jan. 18, for beginning additional environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, while some North Dakota leaders called the process a delay tactic that will likely be rescinded by the Trump administration. The Department of the Army published a notice Wednesday to begin gathering information to prepare an environmental impact statement for the pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe, the site of recent protests.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate voted 45-0 Tuesday, Jan. 17, to delay parts of the recently passed medical marijuana law. Senate Bill 2154 delays certain provisions of the Compassionate Care Act to give the North Dakota Department of Health more time to set up rules governing medical marijuana. Nearly 64 percent of North Dakota voters approved an initiated measure last November that legalizes the use of marijuana for defined medication conditions.
MINOT, N.D. — Bakken oilfield workers who are still owed wages after their employer abruptly went out of business in 2015 began receiving some compensation Monday, Jan. 16, thanks to an anonymous donor. More than 40 former employees of WCE Oil Field Services will receive checks for a portion of the wages they are owed through a donation secured by the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota.