Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators voted unanimously Thursday to push back next year’s deadline for reducing the flaring of natural gas, in exchange requiring oil producers to capture more of the byproduct of drilling by 2020. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who chairs the three-member Industrial Commission that oversees the state’s oil and gas industry, said after an industry presentation that “there are some very real reasons” why hitting the gas capture goal of 85 percent by Jan. 1 has become more difficult.
BISMARCK – A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents who responded to a recent statewide poll said they feel North Dakota is on the right track.
Sales tax collections 21 percent below forecast as drilling rig count drops BISMARCK – North Dakota’s tax revenues fell more than $40 million short of projections in July and August as the oil industry continued to idle drilling rigs amid low crude prices, prompting state lawmakers Wednesday to warn of the budget effects and suggest an updated revenue forecast may be needed.
BISMARCK – North Dakota faces a “staggering” increase in its prison population if current trends continue, with the inmate count projected to jump by more than 67 percent in the next decade, corrections officials said this week as a committee began exploring how to stem the tide. “It seems like every day is a new record at the Department of Corrections, and not in a good way,” said Tom Erhardt, deputy director of transitional planning services.
BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is “seriously considering” a run for governor next year, he said Monday after the release of a statewide poll that showed him with the highest favorable response among several potential GOP candidates. Stenehjem’s comments to Forum News Service were the strongest indication so far of his seriousness about the race since Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced last month he will not seek re-election.
BISMARCK – Activist groups urged North Dakota regulators on Monday to “get tough” with the oil industry and deny its request to relax the goals it helped develop to reduce the flaring of natural gas. “They said they could do it. Now they have to live up to that,” Wayde Schafer of the Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club said during a press conference at the Capitol with representatives of the Dakota Resource Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
BISMARCK – North Dakota had the nation’s second-best fiscal health in 2014, with a surplus that penciled out to about $28,400 per taxpayer, according to a study released Monday by a Chicago-based think tank. Truth in Accounting, which advocates for accurate, understandable and transparent financial reporting by government agencies, ranked North Dakota behind only Alaska in fiscal health in its annual “Financial State of the States” report.
BISMARCK – The company proposing the biggest crude pipeline yet out of North Dakota’s Oil Patch has informed at least one landowner that it is prepared to go to court to obtain right-of-way for the underground pipeline. Robert Ferebee, who raises crops and cattle near Halliday, received a letter dated Aug. 28 from Dakota Access LLC giving him one week to accept the company’s final compensation offer for an easement on his land or else the offer would be withdrawn.
BISMARCK — With three and a half months to go in 2015, North Dakota has recorded more than 100 traffic fatalities and is on pace for one of the deadliest years on the state’s roadways in recent history. A collision between a pickup truck and semitrailer killed two men and injured two others Sunday night in McKenzie County in the heart of the state’s oil patch, pushing the traffic death count to 103 for the year, according to the state Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation. There were 77 traffic deaths recorded by the same point in 2014, a year that ended with 135 fatalities. Lt.
BISMARCK – With three and a half months to go in 2015, North Dakota has recorded more than 100 traffic fatalities and is on pace for one of the deadliest years on the state’s roadways in recent history.