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ND lawmakers react to Keystone XL Pipeline lawsuits

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

Last week, the company that proposed the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, TransCanada, filed legal challenges to the United States’ rejection of the project. One of the lawsuits will seek more than $15 billion in damages. In November, President Obama vetoed the pipeline despite approval from both the House and the Senate. The administration claimed the project would undermine ...

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ND Petroleum Council: Vote will lift oil export ban to provide long-term benefits, energy security

Bismarck, N.D. – The vote in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to lift the ban on crude oil exports will strengthen the nation’s national security, keep energy prices low for consumers and help add stability to an otherwise volatile commodity market said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “The petroleum sector has been an ...

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Deputy serving under accused sheriff also charged with crime

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A deputy serving under a northwestern North Dakota county sheriff who is accused of misusing a department credit card also is facing criminal charges. McKenzie County Detective Michael Schmitz is accused of lying to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation about prescription pill abuse and about his personal involvement in a case involving a divorce and ...

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Work begins on drone training academy in North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Officials on Monday broke ground for a $2.5 million drone training academy in North Dakota, at the nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in September announced a 10-year lease to establish the academy at the Grand Sky facility, a 1.2 million-square-foot park at Grand Forks Air Force Base being funded by ...

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Minnesota congressional delegation splits on Keystone rejection

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline Friday split Minnesota’s U.S. Senate and House delegations. “The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States,” Obama said. “I agree with that decision.” The president called the pipeline “a campaign cudgel” used by both parties that “obscured the ...

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Obama’s Keystone XL decision irks North Dakota US lawmakers

BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is disappointing. Obama says he’s rejecting the pipeline because he does not believe it serves the national interest. Republican Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp both think the decision is political. Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says Obama’s decision is ...

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