Public Comment on Minot Joining the Dakota Access Amicus Brief

Government — at the local, state, and federal levels — works best when those making decisions on issues hear from those who are impacted. And at a Special City Council meeting today,  the City of Minot through possible action of the Council may weigh in and speak up the ladder — into the federal court

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Landowners await release of liens related to Williams County wind farm development

In Williams County a wind farm project resulted in one of the contractors placing construction liens on 78 parcels of land. The energy developer has indicated they’ll they’re in process of posting bonds to release the liens, but that outcome isn’t finalized. Get the full story from the Journal Tribune.

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Bakken Midstream seeks ‘fundamental change’ for North Dakota natural gas

Natural gas is a byproduct of North Dakota oil production, and that invites the question — what should we do with it. Currently, a lot of gas is being flared because the infrastructure to collect, store, and use the product is still being built. But what if we had uses for the product right here

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Bakken likely to see early dollars in state BVLOS investment

With an appropriation of $28 million coming out of the recent legislative session, the State of North Dakota will make a big investment building out a Beyond Visual Line of Sight network of the emerging UAS industry. But the question remains on where those investment dollars will focus first. Check out this article from the

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Australia keeps voting for coal, but investors are quietly abandoning plans for new mines

What happens when an industry wins political support, but loses private sector money? In Australia, we’re getting a slow lesson in what that looks like. Why does it matter in North Dakota? Because it’s all playing out in energy and coal markets and there’s speculation that new energy investments in the Pacific rim are increasingly

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Affordable housing dampening western North Dakota’s potential

As oil production grows and investments and production in the Bakken stabilize, demand for housing and all the other amenities that accompany a quality life increase. In Watford City and Williston, they remain in the midst of a surge in demand for all these things, but they’re still finding the supply behind. Check out this

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New opportunities for old coal plants?

There aren’t many days that go by that there isn’t a story about a new coal-fired power plant being decommissioned. We lost one in North Dakota last year; yesterday, there was a story out of Estevan on final dates for their plants. Since 2010, nearly 300 of these plants have closed across the country? Political

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Nuclear energy upstream from Minot? Sask legislature discusses options for aging coal infrastructure

In a world headed towards less carbon-based energy, what do you do with a coal-fired power plant that’s nearing the end of its service life but still has a viable energy distribution network surrounding it? If you’re the Saskatchewan Legislature, the answer is to start talking transitions and alternatives and one that gets mentioned early

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