N.D. PSC delays DAPL hearing

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Public Service Commission has delayed Thursday's hearing over claims Dakota Access violated their citing agreement.

This comes after the commission offered the company a settlement of $15,000 for a separate violation. Thursday's hearing concerned whether Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and improperly handled some soil during construction.

The commission voted two to one to delay the public hearing, Commissioner Fedorchak, the lone no vote says she's concerned the delays are becoming a pattern.

“This investigation was supposed to be a process to get to the bottom of those issues. So that's set for Thursday and now that's slipping another month. I just get concerned that we keep pushing things back and aren't making forward progress,” said Fedorchak.

The commission will likely set a new hearing date at their regularly scheduled meeting.