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An attorney representing North Dakota's coal industry talks about the federal government's efforts to add more clear air regulations on top of the state's already excellent program. Matuor Alier, a candidate for Fargo City Commission, talks about his campaign.
With Western states enduring a historic drought, some towns are rejecting fireworks as a wildfire risk, even though nearly all civic fireworks displays are safely monitored by firefighters.
Croplands in the Upper Great Plains expanded 584,600 acres per year between 2015 and 2019, while grasslands contracted at an annual rate of 448,600 acres over the same span.
The leak occurred over the past few months from a small rust hole in the tank, North Dakota officials said.

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Prolonged, severe drought has produced massive wildfires outside the region that emit heavy smoke that has caused unprecedented air quality problems in North Dakota and Minnesota.
North Dakota consistently meets all air quality standards, and state officials project it will meet its haze reduction goals. But the National Park Service says the state is a major polluter and should do more to control emissions.
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W. Carter Johnson first began studying the ecology of the Dakotas as a graduate student at North Dakota State University in the 1960s and early '70s. His new book offers a survey of the region's natural history and the many ways in which humans have altered the land.
A week since the storm's start, North Dakota's top industry regulator said the state has recovered about half of that production gap but may still be pumping fewer than a million barrels a day.
The federal appeals judges agreed with a trial court judge's ruling that the state of North Dakota and four western counties missed the deadline for asserting their rights to build section line roads in the grassland tracts at issue in the case.
Two years ago, McLean and Mercer counties both passed policies restricting the development of new wind farms amid growing anxiety in coal country about plans to shut down North Dakota's largest coal-fired power plant.

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The carbon capture venture's application to the recently formed Clean Sustainable Energy Authority estimates a substantially higher project cost then previously released figures.
Nationwide, if all new passenger vehicles sold are zero-emission by 2035 and all new trucks and buses sold were zero-emission by 2040, the U.S. would generate more than $1.2 trillion in health benefits, the report states.
The Texas-based XTO Energy reported the spill to North Dakota regulators on Thursday.

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