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More than 55,000 barrels of saltwater — about 2.3 million gallons — produced by the oil and gas industry have been spilled on North Dakota land in the past 22 months, posing an environmental risk to soil, plants and freshwater resources in dozens of cases, a Forum News Service review of incident reports found. State regulators highlight that most of the saltwater was contained and cleaned up on well sites.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The White House’s director of drug control policy says Williams County, in the heart of North Dakota’s Oil Patch, will be designated later this month as part...
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a $350 million wind farm in Stutsman County after the project’s developer made changes to accommodate an aerial spraying business. The Courtenay Wind Farm will encompass 21,000 acres with 100 wind turbines generating a total of 200 megawatts of electricity per hour that will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy.
BISMARCK — Fire districts and emergency medical services in western North Dakota will receive $12.2 million in Energy Impact Grant funds, part of an ongoing effort to address needs brought on by the state’s oil and gas boom. Of the 87 grants awarded Wednesday by the state Board of University and School Lands, the largest went to Watford City, which will receive $880,000 to buy a ladder truck and turnout gear for the volunteer fire department. The city also will receive nearly $348,000 for a new ambulance, emergency service equipment and additional staffing.
BISMARCK – Fire districts and emergency medical services in western North Dakota will receive $12.2 million in Energy Impact Grant funds, part of an ongoing effort to address needs brought...
BISMARCK – Questions about health insurance plans being discontinued under Obamacare dominated discussion about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday at the Capitol, with one Republican lawmaker saying many people feel the law’s grandfather-clause exemption was “misrepresented at the highest levels.” The Legislature’s Health Care Reform Review Committee heard from representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Sanford Health Plan, both of which have been notifying customers that their plans are being canceled because they don’t meet the act’s new guidelines.
BISMARCK – Seven counties in southwestern North Dakota will receive more than $8.3 million in federal and state funds to help them recover from a severe winter storm Oct. 4-5, with most of the money going to rural electric cooperatives for permanent repairs to downed power lines and poles. The state Emergency Commission approved the spending during a brief meeting Tuesday. It includes more than $7.3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1 million in state funds.
BISMARCK — More than $35 million approved by state lawmakers last spring to spur construction of affordable housing for essential workers and low-income residents has already been committed, leaving no available funding until 2015 and demonstrating the pent-up demand for affordable housing across North Dakota, a state official said Thursday. The demand is coming not only from western counties dealing with an influx of oil workers and related population growth but also from eastern counties, said Jolene Kline, acting executive director of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, which administers the Housing Incentive Fund.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple will announce on Friday his appointment to the state tax commissioner’s post being vacated by current Commissioner Cory Fong's pending exit to the private sector. The three finalists for the job are Jon Godfread, vice president of governmental affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Hazen Mayor Mark Nygard, who retired last year as manager of construction for Basin Electric Power Cooperative; and current Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who’s been in that position since June 2009.
BISMARCK – A nonprofit organization that specializes in energy policy is pulling together a broad panel of leaders and planning public input meetings to discuss how North Dakota should spend...