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State mineral auction pulls in $4.8 million

August 7, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK With more than 54,000 mineral acres up for grabs Tuesday, oil and gas companies shelled out more than $4.8 million for the rights to drill into state-owned land. Continue Reading

Area business leaders tell Sen. John Hoeven: There’s too much federal red tape

August 7, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., have wrapped red tape around everything from commerce and manufacturing to road construction and education, but local business leaders would prefer that oversight of regulations come from 100 miles away in Bismarck rather than from more than 1,000 miles away in the nation’s capital. Continue Reading

Interior Dept. cuts mineral payments to 35 states

March 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to 35 states by about $110 million this fiscal year as part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month. Continue Reading

Small N.D. oil spill sprays about 10 acres of land

April 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

n oil well problem caused a mist of oil to spray over about 10 acres of land in southwestern North Dakota. The accident happened near a Fidelity Oil and Exploration well about five miles northwest of South Heart in Stark County. A pressure problem caused a plume of oil and water to shoot up into the air. A strong wind then carried it onto a nearby field. Continue Reading

Men fight for mineral rights at land board in western North Dakota

August 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Though the two men who spoke at Thursday’s Land Board meeting may have taken different approaches, they want the same thing: for the state to stop leasing the mineral rights they believe they own. Continue Reading

Northern Cheyenne has deal to swap coal leases

December 15, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Northern Cheyenne tribe and two coal companies told Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday that they have a new deal to swap mineral rights in the region. Continue Reading