Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – With the vote for a new University of North Dakota athletics nickname just days away, a Fargo lawmaker on Wednesday pressed new University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott on why he stood by when retiring UND President Robert Kelley kept “UND/North Dakota” off the list.
BISMARCK – One of the partners behind a proposed crude oil pipeline that would pass under Lake Sakakawea has agreed to install an additional safety measure to ease concerns about how quickly a spill could pollute the lake.
BISMARCK – A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to scrap the nation’s ban on exporting crude oil passed a committee Thursday but isn’t expected to survive because of an Iran-related amendment, leaving a companion bill as the best bet in the Senate to end the 40-year-old ban. Heitkamp was the only Democrat who voted for the bill as it passed the Senate Banking Committee on a 13-9 vote.
BISMARCK -- A federal judge who stopped a new Obama administration rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands from taking effect in June decided Wednesday to set the rule aside until the matter is resolved in court.
BISMARCK – The company responsible for an oil spill in the Yellowstone River this year received permission from state regulators Wednesday to build a new crude oil pipeline in southwest North Dakota.
BISMARCK – Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, widely considered a top GOP contender for governor before admitting to an extramarital affair earlier this month, announced Monday he will not run in 2016, which one political observer said gives Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem an inside track to the office.
BISMARCK – People and businesses on the American Indian reservation that produces 30 percent of North Dakota’s crude oil could end up paying both state and tribal taxes on some things unless tax sharing agreements can be negotiated more quickly, a tribal official warned state lawmakers Monday.
BISMARCK – Job Service North Dakota is offering its employees voluntary buyouts and looking to cut other costs to cope with a $4.1 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The hit comes at a particularly bad time for the agency, which has seen a 40 percent increase in unemployment insurance claims compared to this time last year, Executive Director Cheri Giesen said Friday.
BISMARCK – A Denver-based company that unveiled plans last fall for a $4 billion petrochemical plant in North Dakota said Friday it has entered into a long-term ethane supply agreement with one of the biggest players in the state’s Oil Patch.
BISMARCK – An environmental group that criticized North Dakota regulators this week for lax enforcement of a policy that requires gas capture plans for oil and gas drilling permits said Friday that it had released incorrect findings and will be reanalyzing the data.