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Hess Corp. forgiven for not meeting ND flaring goals

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have forgiven Hess Corp. for failing to meet state-set natural gas flaring goals. Hess shut down a compressor station for 10 days late last year due to equipment issues, and company officials said that caused an increase in the amount of natural gas that was burned off and wasted. KXMB-TV reports the Industrial Commission ...

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ND Gov. Dalrymple signs $1.1B ‘surge funding’ bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a “great legislative accomplishment” Tuesday that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The record one-time spending bill was rushed through the House and Senate so infrastructure projects begin by summer. The bulk of the money will be spent in in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, ...

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Expected drop in state oil tax money could affect NAWS

MINOT, N.D. — An expected reduction in state oil tax revenues due to a global drop in oil prices could mean less money for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s budget included $18 million for NAWS, but the Legislature is considering $10 million. However, there still should be enough money to go ahead with a proposed $20 ...

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Derailment involving North Dakota crude sparks complaints

BISMARCK, N.D. — The derailment in West Virginia of a train carrying oil from North Dakota is prompting complaints that state and federal governments aren’t doing enough to ensure the safe transport of crude by rail. A train carrying 3 million gallons of crude from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields derailed Monday in the unincorporated town of Mount Carbon, West ...

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ND state officials blamed following fiery derailment

The recent train derailment in West Virginia that resulted in a fiery blaze and the evacuation of two cities has some North Dakota groups accusing state leaders of failing to act quickly on oil conditioning standards. According to a report by The Bismarck Tribune, the recent derailment and explosion is the sixth incident involving Bakken crude oil since 2008. On ...

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North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature will remain busy this week introducing and finishing voting on bills in their respective chambers, including those that address education standards, tobacco taxes and surge funding. COMMON CORE North Dakota’s House is slated to vote this week whether to repeal new state English and math standards that outline what students should know and ...

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North Dakota measure would expand energy regulatory body

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Republican lawmaker whose district is in North Dakota’s top oil-producing regions wants to expand the state Industrial Commission from three members to five. The commission oversees the state Department of Mineral Resources, North Dakota’s oil and gas regulatory agency. Besides Gov. Jack Dalrymple, its other members are Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. ...

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Dropping oil prices might mean better governance

For the first time in a long time North Dakota’s political leaders are going to be faced with difficult decisions when it comes to governing the state. “We don’t run the state on oil revenue,” Governor Jack Dalrymple told the editorial board of the Williston Herald in December. At the time he was trying to address skepticism of his executive ...

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