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Cramer Says Heitkamp Promised MHA Tribe She’d Vote to Overturn Federal Flaring Rules

Cramer Says Heitkamp Promised MHA Tribe She’d Vote to Overturn Federal Flaring Rules

In Congress right now there is an effort to disapprove an Obama administration regulation aimed at the oil industry. The so-called “venting and flaring” rule imposed by the Bureau of Land Management is so colossally broad it impacts not just federal lands but state lands as well. This rule creates a jurisdictional quagmire, which I’m

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum

Senator Heitkamp’s Fence Sitting on Federal Flaring Rules Is Perplexing

There is a push in Congress right now to disapprove an Obama administration regulation aimed at the oil industry. The so-called “venting and flaring” rule imposed by the Bureau of Land Management is so colossally broad it impacts not just federal lands but state lands as well. This rule creates a jurisdictional quagmire, which I’m

State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican from Willow City, carries legislation to reform North Dakota's oil spill reporting requirements to the floor of the state House.

With No Debate State House Passes Reforms to Oil Spill Reporting Requirements

State Rep. Roscoe Streyle introduced legislation which, in its original form, would have stopped the reporting of oil/produced water spills that are contained and of a volume that’s 10 barrels or less. Today in the state House, with no debate, an amended version of Streyle’s bill passed on a 82-11 vote with Republicans and Democrats

Gov. Doug Burgum, center, leads his first North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, second from left, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Burgum Is Right to Prioritize Good Data in Oil Industry Regulation

State Rep. Roscoe Streyle has introduced legislation to limit reporting of oil spills (it’s HB1151). Currently all spills of any amount are reported. His bill would prohibit the reporting of spills of oil or produced water that are 10 barrels or less and contained on site. Streyle told me in an interview that most of

Pump jacks are seen at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field, as the sun sets, outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Maybe the Solution for Oil Industry Spill Reporting Is Categories

North Dakota has a problem with the way it reports oil industry spills. Lots and lots of tiny, contained spills are documented by the state and the inclusion of that data in statistical analysis can lead to a false impression about the environmental impacts of oil and gas development in our state. When the public

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

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

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Audio: Lawmaker Says His Bill Would Have Stopped Reporting of Most 2016 Oil Industry Spills

Last week I wrote about HB1151, introduced by state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot. The legislation is pretty simple. It would limit the number of oil industry fluid spills reported in the State of North Dakota. Here’s the specific text (I put the full text of the bill in my original post): The

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