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Hypocritical Actions on Restoration of Mined Farmland

Dear Editor:

North Dakota has the strongest law in the United States on restoration of mined farmland, but the state Supreme Court’s recent Coal Lake ruling threatens to make it a dead letter.

The court upheld the Public Service Commission’s decision that recreation was a “higher and better” use for 86 acres of mined land than raising crops.

The coal companies think up these alternatives and so far the PSC has given its blessing to all of them – golf courses, dirt bike tracks, shooting ranges, waste disposal pits. Adding these to what’s considered a “higher and better” use exempts the coal company from meeting farm productivity standards. Continue reading

Gulleson Speaks out Against Ryan Budget; Asks Where GOP Stands on Issue

Pam Gulleson, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, spoke to reporters about her reaction to the House of Representative’s approval of the Ryan budget on a press conference call.

“This budget has real, destructive potential for thousands of North Dakotans, and it’s the wrong move forward for our state,” Gulleson said. “It’s important to understand the concrete impact that this legislation – which seems so abstract to those who voted for it in Washington – could have on middle class North Dakotan families.” Continue reading

Keystone XL Pipeline decision should be made with true numbers

Pipeline expansions and present pipeline. From Anthony Swift, NRDC switchboard.

By Barb Price

Discussions about the Keystone XL pipeline have been throwing around numbers like candy at a parade. Supporters of the pipeline have been making promises of up to 250,000 jobs being created; lowered gas prices; energy security; thousands of gallons of North Dakota oil being sent south in the pipeline. . . It goes on and on.

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