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PSC approves Lonesome Creek Station expansion to help meet western N.D.’s energy needs

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave Basin Electric Power Cooperative the thumbs-up Wednesday to expand its Lonesome Creek Station near Watford City, while also cautioning that it’s not a long-term solution for meeting the w…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

PSC approves Lonesome Creek Station expansion to help meet western N.D.’s energy needs

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave Basin Electric Power Cooperative the thumbs-up Wednesday to expand its Lonesome Creek Station near Watford City, while also cautioning that it’s not a long-term solution for meeting the w…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

PSC ‘very likely’ to propose state-run oil pipeline inspection program

February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk says it is “very likely” the regulatory agency will ask state lawmakers to create an inspection program for oil pipelines in North Dakota, an idea propelled by a massive oil spill last fa…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

PSC ‘very likely’ to propose state-run oil pipeline inspection program

February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk says it is “very likely” the regulatory agency will ask state lawmakers to create an inspection program for oil pipelines in North Dakota, an idea propelled by a massive oil spill last fa…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Attorneys argue about campaign contributions from coal interests to PSC members in lawsuits seeking federal intervention

August 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Environmental groups sparred with state and federal regulators in court here Friday over whether North Dakota should be stripped of its authority to regulate the coal-mining industry, raising questions about campaign contributions from coal company officials to the elected Public Service Commission members who oversee the industry. Continue Reading

In lawsuit, feds argue coal industry can legally give to regulators’ campaigns

May 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Federal lawyers concede that thousands of dollars of campaign donations from coal-mining interests to members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission “risk creating an appearance of impropriety.” Continue Reading

Lonny Winrich, Grand Forks, column: Candidates, not taxpayers, should pay legal expenses

October 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

These lawsuits were filed because of the activities of commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk as candidates, not because of anything they did in the execution of their duties as commissioners. There’s no reason that North Dakotans should be on the hook for their personal political decisions. Continue Reading

PSC to participate in coal regulation lawsuit

August 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has received permission to participate in a federal lawsuit challenging its authority to regulate coal mining. Continue Reading

ND energy policy of world importance: US House candidates vary position on government’s role in growing sector

August 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

North Dakota’s energy policy has never been more important to the nation or the world, something candidates from all political parties can agree upon in the upcoming election. Continue Reading

Corruption in the Public Service Commission? Industry donations made to commissioners widespread

August 17, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK NextEra Energy needed approval for a wind farm. BNI Coal was facing penalties for environmental rules. The Arthur Companies needed a license for a grain elevator. Continue Reading