KHRT ND News – 06/04/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 060421 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The Minot Police Department is investigating a suspicious death and vehicle fire. At around 1 am Thursday the Minot Fire Department was alerted to a fully engulfed vehicle fire in SE Minot. Police and fire units responded to the scene. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and found a single occupant in the vehicle. Police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this fire and death as well as working to identify the victim. No further information is available at this time.
BISMARCK, N.D. – On Thursday, Gov. Doug Burgum urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to support federal investment in research and innovation – including carbon capture, storage and utilization in the coal, oil and gas, and ethanol industries – as the path forward for meeting America’s carbon management goals.
Regan made his first visit to North Dakota on Thursday since being sworn in as EPA administrator on March 11 after having served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. His visit, hosted by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, follows a more than one-hour conversation Burgum had with the administrator on March 26.
“As a former state regulator, Administrator Regan understands that a one-size-fits-all federal policy doesn’t work for our country,” Burgum said. “North Dakota is an energy and agriculture powerhouse that feeds and fuels the nation and the world, and no one cares more about the quality of our air and water than the people who live here. With states leading the way, our nation should be trying to maximize agriculture and energy production, not minimize it, and the federal government can help us do that by investing in research dollars to innovate carbon management technologies.”
During a listening session at Bismarck State College with Regan, Cramer, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, other state and federal officials, and energy and agriculture stakeholders, Burgum emphasized that North Dakota hit the “geologic jackpot” not only with its abundant natural resources but also underground rock formations with the estimated capacity to store more than 250 billion tons of carbon dioxide. He noted the state can play a key role in carbon management through private sector innovation, public-private partnerships and federal support, as opposed to regulatory overreach that stymies innovation.
Burgum also stressed the importance of maintaining U.S. energy independence and energy security and ensuring that environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing policies don’t discourage innovation and investment into solutions that will allow for a continued all-of-the-above energy approach that includes coal, oil and gas.
“We appreciate Administrator Regan taking the time to hear from representatives of North Dakota’s critically important agriculture and energy industries, and we look forward to working with him to preserve states’ rights and flexibility, ensure regulatory certainty and remain on the cutting edge of technology with a focus on innovation over regulation.”
Burgum and Sanford have promoted an all-of-the-above energy approach based on innovation over regulation to advance energy development with environmental stewardship. Under the Burgum-Sanford administration, in 2018 North Dakota became the first state in the nation to receive approval from the EPA to regulate geologic storage of carbon dioxide.
In April, Burgum signed legislation creating a Clean Sustainable Energy Fund to support low-emission technology projects and help provide a long-term, viable path forward for the state’s energy industry. The legislation will accelerate efforts to develop promising low-emission technologies, helping ensure that North Dakota’s energy industry can provide reliable, affordable baseload electricity for the state and region.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal regulators have approved a natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota, a move state officials believe will help curb the wasteful flaring of excess gas and increase state tax revenues by millions of dollars annually by allowing more oil drilling in the area. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials this week approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for WBI Energy Inc.’s North Bakken Expansion project. The company says the $260 million project includes construction of about 62 miles beginning in Tioga of 24-inch natural gas pipeline and 20 miles of 12-inch pipe and √°associated infrastructure.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group Inc. has rejoined the Fortune 500 after a decade-long hiatus. The energy and construction company headquartered in Bismarck ranks No. 486 on the annual list of the country’s 500 largest publicly traded companies. MDU is the only North Dakota company on the list. The company had been on list previously for two years, ending after 2010 when it ranked 498. Fortune’s list, released this week, ranked companies by their revenue in 2020. MDU said its revenue last year increased 16.3% percent to a record $5.53 billion.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome teachers, students, school administrators and community leaders to the fifth annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on Monday, June 7, at the Bismarck Event Center and virtually. The Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education provides a platform to bring together stakeholders in North Dakota education communities to share existing ideas and practices, inspire new ones and empower networks that support progress.
Burgum will deliver opening remarks at this year’s summit at 8:35 a.m. Monday. Featured speakers include State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, CEO Hadi Partovi, educational leader Ron Berger and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Ablon. Recipients of the #InnovativeND Awards also will be announced throughout the day. The free summit is the kickoff to Innovative Education Week, which includes IgniteND. More than 750 individuals have registered to attend the summit in-person or virtually.
MINOT, ND – Public Works Director Dan Jonasson is asking all users of City of Minot water to limit outdoor usage. The move is temporary. It is to help balance demands at the water treatment plant and is effective immediately. Jonasson said the restrictions are due to four wells in the raw water system that have failed. It limits the amount of water that can be produced at the Minot Water Treatment Plant. Four of the 14 wells that provide water to the City are temporarily unusable after pumps and motors failed. Jonasson says this is the result of the recent warm temperatures and little rainfall. Water usage in the city has risen to about 11 million gallons per day. This volume is over two million gallons a day more than the treatment plant can produce. Water Plant employees and contractors are working to repair the equipment at the wells, but are waiting on parts. It should take up to two weeks before all the wells are fixed. Jonassson said facilities that recycle water, like car washes and splash pads, can continue to op-erate unless daily usage levels aren’t reduced throughout the system. If usage cannot be reduced to meet the plant capacity, stricter measures will need to be implemented.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and energy industry officials have announced a plan to establish a hub for clean hydrogen. It could someday be used in everything from powering vehicles to energy generation. Burgum hailed the project Wednesday as big part of the state’s plan of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. No timeline or cost for the project was disclosed. Houston-based Bakken Energy and Mitsubishi Power Americas also announced non-specific details of negotiations with Basin Electric Power Cooperative. This is to acquire and redevelop the Bismarck-based company’s natural gas plant in financial trouble in western North Dakota.

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