Department of Mineral Resources Holds Second Day of Hearings in Dickinson

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Today was the second day in a series of public hearings the Department of Mineral Resources is holding.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering changing rules and regulations for oil and gas.

One could limit who can and cannot speak at a hearing.

The verdict is in.

And Stark County folks find the proposed "interested party" rule guilty.

More than a dozen people testified at the DMR hearing in Dickinson April 12.

People raised concerns about well equipment, corrosion control, and pipeline gathering.

But the hotly contested issue was the proposed interested party rule.

"It doesn't seem that it's been a problem. So maybe it doesn't need to be defined and certainly shouldn't be defined in this limited way," said Valerie Naylor, National Parks Conservation Association Rep.

The proposed definition for the rule could limit testimony at hearings to those who are directly involved with the issue under consideration.

Specifically property owners or management.

"It's impossible to say the impact of a well is just going to be right there, and that only the people who live right there who own the oil right there should have an opportunity to comment," said Mark Treechock, Dickinson property owner.

Treechock says he thinks the rule could make the public fearful of going in front of the commission about concerns they have.

"An oil and gas permit affects much more than just the person who lives right there or across the road. It affects us all," said Treechock.

North Dakotans have until April 25 to submit written comments and testimony to the NDIC.

The NDIC will be holding public hearings April 13 in Williston and April 14 in Minot. ​