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Addressing addiction, mental health to fight Bakken crime

“Thing are slowing down? I can unequivocally say they are not here for the court system,” Northwest District Judge Robin Schmidt told KX News. Although the oil and gas market is in a downturn, Schmidt and McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger testified to North Dakota legislators that crime is still on the rise while the Energy Development and Transmission Committee ...

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Legislative leaders: ND shouldn’t tap oil fund principal

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislative leaders said Thursday that lawmakers should not tap into the $3.3 billion currently in the state’s oil savings account when they have their first chance to access the money in 2017. The growth of the savings account that has accrued since 2011 and expected to top $4 billion when the Legislature reconvenes in 2017 ...

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ND unlikely to extend anti-discrimination protection to gays

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature’s Republican leaders say the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry may do little to extend the state’s anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians. North Dakota lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past six years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Dickinson Sen. Rich Wardner ...

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ND oil tax: Relaxed trigger finger, steady aim

Due to the recent rise in oil prices, over $480 million in tax breaks that would have otherwise been granted to oil producers remain in North Dakota’s coffers. However, discussion regarding the future oil tax revenue stream and a misled legislature persists. For the state to enact the tax trigger the average per barrel price for West Texas Intermediate crude ...

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Extensive changes proposed for Bakken pipeline monitoring

On Monday the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave a do-pass recommendation for a proposed bill which aims to improve North Dakota’s regulation of oil and saltwater pipelines and to clean up past spills. The Grand Forks Herald reports that House Bill 1358 combines parts of four other bills. It was formulated after considering input submitted by the Northwest ...

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ND bill might require more monitoring on saltwater pipelines

BISMARCK, N.D. — Bipartisan legislation that would require additional monitoring and safeguards for North Dakota pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater has been amended to allow regulators to make the decision on an individual basis. No one spoke against the changes to the proposed legislation Thursday. The measure was filed in the wake of a recent 3-million gallon leak near ...

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ND lawmakers may halt pork spending amid slipping oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Before North Dakota’s treasury was overflowing with oil revenues, state lawmakers in the ultra-conservative state were notoriously stingy in spending taxpayer money. “In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, it was tight and we were tightfisted — we had to be,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said. “We just said, “We don’t have the money and we’re ...

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