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Wade Moser, center, chairman of the Outdoor Heritage Fund advisory committee, outlines fund grant applications at a meeting of the North Dakota State Industrial Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Bismarck. Seated are, from left, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Governor Jack Dalrymple. TOM STROMME, Tribune

Legislation Would Let Lawmakers Void Expensive Oil and Gas Regulations

Legislation Would Let Lawmakers Void Expensive Oil and Gas Regulations

At one point last year the North Dakota Industrial Commission (the executive branch triumvirate which regulates oil and gas activity in our state) passed a raft of new rules for the state’s oil and gas industry among them a new requirement for a six inch berm around well sites to help contain spills there. The new six inch

Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan, from left, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Pipeline Program Supervisor Kevin Connors listen to public comments during a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Lawmakers Need More Oversight on State Regulations

Last week the North Dakota Industrial Commission passed a raft of new rules for the state’s oil and gas industry, among them a new requirement for a six inch berm around well sites to help contain spills there. Spills contained on the well pads (which are the vast majority of the spills which occur in

Lynn Helms, from left, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, presents to Industrial Commission members Doug Goehring, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Wayne Stenehjem on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bismarck. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Industrial Commission’s “Interested Party” Rule Was Never About Muzzling the Public

At a meeting of the North Dakota Industrial Commission this week the triumvirate – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Governor Jack Dalrymple – shot down a proposed rule which would have limited public participation in hearings before the commission to members of the public with a defined interest in the subject

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The volume of gas flaring in North Dakota has declined 54 percent over the last two years.

North Dakota Flaring Volume Down 54 Percent Over The Last Two Years

When North Dakota had a problem with gas flaring over the last several years it got a lot of attention from journalists, activists, and politicians. People were upset – and rightfully so, nobody likes to see gas flared – and demanded action from the industry and state regulators (who were often accused of being too

North Dakota Considering Limitations On Who Can Comment Officially At Oil/Gas Hearings

Current North Dakota state law allows “interested parties” to comment, in person and in writing, at hearings before the North Dakota Industrial Commission which regulates oil and gas development in the state. But “interested parties” isn’t defined in the law. Now a proposal coming from the Department of Mineral Resources would provide a definition which

North Dakota Oil And Gas Regulators Erred In Not Explaining Reduced Spill Fines Before

North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulators say they’re going to start providing written explanations to the public when they reduce fines for spills. It’s about damn time. In North Dakota the development of oil and gas resources is overseen by the Industrial Commission which is staffed by three of the state’s top elected officials.

North Dakota Industrial Commission Needs To Defend Their Approach To Oil Spill Fines

Before the holidays I interviewed Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem – who, as you know, is running for governor – and one of the questions I asked him was about criticism of the state’s handling oil and salt water spills in the oil patch. “I’m actually very pleased and satisfied with what it is we’re doing,”

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North Dakota's New Flaring Goal In Context

Back in September the North Dakota Industrial Commission – the triumvirate made up of Governor Jack Dalrymple, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem which regulates, among other things, oil and gas development in the state – made some changes to a flaring reduction plan they had implemented in April 2014. Flaring has

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Industrial Commission Almost Punished Oil Company For Trying To Curb Flaring

The North Dakota Industrial Commission – the triumvirate of statewide elected officials which oversees, among other things, oil and gas development in the state – has set goals for reducing flaring, or the burning off of excess natural gas produced during oil development. Companies which don’t hit those goals can be hit with a fine

ND House Votes To Give Legislature Oversight On Oil And Gas Regulations

HB1187 is one of the bills introduced by Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman) taking aim at the North Dakota Industrial Commission. That commission, for the uninitiated, is one of the most powerful governing bodies in the state. It consists of the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Agriculture Commissioner. Among other things, it regulates oil and

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