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‘I do see it as changing the goalposts’


Justin Kringstad, right, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, presents his findings on natural gas flaring to members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission at the state Capitol in Bismarck on Tuesday. To the left is Lynn Helms, director of Mineral Resources for the state. 

"We think that refocusing our efforts and industry's efforts on stranded gas and on people who are not meeting the gas capture goals, keeping the goals in place, holding their feet to the fire, is the right way to go now."

-- Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, on changes approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission on gas capture policies.

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"I see this as another opportunity to give the industry what it wants. I do see it as changing the goalposts.”

-- Nicole Donaghy, field organizer for the Dakota Resource Council, on the changes to the gas capture policies.

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"The key takeaway from this is making sure private mineral owners get their minerals back. The important thing for the industry is finally they get some certainty."

-- Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, on a new study of the historical channel of the Missouri River, a report that aims to resolve disputes over oil and gas ownership.

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"With any type of energy development, generally you're always talking 40 years-plus. You're going to get one shot at a lease that will extend for your lifetime, most likely. So it's very important to be educated right out of the gate."

-- Northwest Landowners Association Chairman Troy Coons. on potential wind farm development.

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"It's a major, major increase in North Dakota's gas processing capabilities, which is going to take trucks off the road, reduce flaring and enhance the value of our gas production."

-- Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Christmann, on the expansion of the Oneok Bear Creek natural gas processing plant north of Killdeer.

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"Basically, we wanted the city to be green, and we still wanted it to be modern."

-- Grace Rosten, a sixth-grader at Horizon Elementary School and a member of the team that took first in a contest to envision Bismarck in 2030.

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"Looking at her, you wouldn't be able to tell that she has been through what she has been through, because her personality is so bubbly."

-- Cassie Stockwell on her daughter, Danica, who has surfactant protein c deficiency-associated interstitial lung disease — a rare disease that requires her to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. She’s being evaluated for a double-lung transplant.

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"Music is such a universal language, and no matter the ability level, it can be understood and everybody's doing the same thing."

-- Jeremy Overbeck, the orchestra director at Century High School and Horizon Middle School, who has started an after-school program that pairs student mentors with students with disabilities to help them learn to play an instrument.

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"I'm just very excited for this next year. I think the biggest thing for me was just the reputation that Jim has in this community is incredible, he knows so many of the teachers, he's done so many fantastic things for our community. Him being available to do this was a godsend."

-- Bismarck School Board member Jon Lee, on the selection of Jim Haussler as the interim superintendent.

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"We're not the ones going out shooting up people, but they never speak about people like us. We are your average Americans."

-- Patricia Easton, Mandan, who helped organize a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol.


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