Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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BISMARCK -- A bill in the North Dakota House seeks to change the process for citizen-initiated grand juries, a statute few were aware was on the books until Dunn County residents petitioned to investigate the governor last year. Rep.
KEENE -- Frank and Wanda Leppell already have three oil wells one-quarter mile from their front picture window. They don't want wells any closer. "That's the view we're going to have for the rest of our lives," said Frank, who watched the wells get drilled from his living room. The McKenzie County farmers and ranchers are pushing for new legislation that would require oil wells to be located 1,000 feet away from homes instead of the current setback of 500 feet. "We decided enough's enough," Wanda said.
WILLISTON -- A report released Tuesday criticizes state and federal agencies for falling behind with regulating oil and gas activity, but says North Dakota is doing better than other western states. The "Law and Order in the Oil and Gas Fields" report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils and the Dakota Resource Council calls for more inspectors to keep up with expanding oil development. Donald Nelson, a Keene-area rancher and member of the resource councils, said even though North Dakota compares favorably to other states in the study, which were Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Ne
BISMARCK -- When Terry Fleck goes fishing or hunting, he aims to leave the area better than how he found it. That's the same attitude the Bismarck man hopes oil and gas companies will have about development in North Dakota. Fleck spent 30 years in the radio and television industry and retired to become a public speaker known as The Attitude Doctor. Now Fleck is using his skills as a communicator to bring together the oil industry with outdoor and wildlife groups to promote energy development while minimizing the impact to the state he loves. "We would hope that North Dakota is a better pla
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission late Thursday unanimously approved a plan to drill for oil in an area of the Killdeer Mountains that received widespread opposition, but added several stipulations to address some of the concerns. Denying a request from Hess Corp.
WILLISTON - The Fargo Jet Center announced Wednesday it plans to expand to Williston to help meet the booming demand for oil field-related private air service. Darren Hall, vice president of marketing for Fargo Jet Center, said officials have been watching the expansion of air traffic in western North Dakota and they believe a new Williston Jet Center can greatly improve the service. A 6,400-square-foot passenger facility will be constructed adjacent to the main terminal at Sloulin Field International Airport.
BISMARCK -- Backers of a new refinery in North Dakota say a bill asking for a tax exemption for oil refined in the state was a "fiasco," but a corrected bill expected to be filed today would benefit the state. Chester Trabucco, chairman and CEO of Dakota Oil Processing, which is developing a diesel refinery near Trenton, said a bill that was unanimously rejected in the House seeking an exemption from the 6.5 percent oil extraction tax for oil refined in North Dakota should not have been introduced. Instead, Dakota Oil Processing is seeking an exemption that would only occur during months whe
KILLDEER -- An area of Killdeer Mountain proposed for oil development has rich archeological resources with potential to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, said an archeologist who visited the area. Archeologist Richard Rothaus took a preliminary survey of a section of state land where Hess Corp.
GRASSY BUTTE -- The oil boom has changed a lot in western North Dakota, but locals here can still depend on one tiny convenience store.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal related to a petition effort calling for a grand jury to investigate allegations of bribery against Gov. Jack Dalrymple, but a similar petition is being readied for submission. In a one-page order issued Thursday, the Supreme Court said the ruling by Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf to dismiss the case is not appealable. Herauf ruled that Dunn County was not the appropriate venue for the petition. Herauf's Nov.