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Attorney General Creates Environment Protection Plan

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North Dakota has many natural beauties and historical sites, and the Industrial Commission is one step closer to deciding on the Attorney General's plan to protect 18 places from oil and gas development.

The Attorney General submitted the proposal at the December meeting. The plan has received criticism from the public, as the original list of special places was not open for public comment, and oil companies felt the proposal could prevent private land mineral owners from drilling. Yet the Commission is planning in moving forward with the proposal.

"An administrative rule is a more formalized process that actually goes through a 6 to 9 month period which can be a bit longer. That sets forth the same thing we are going to do in the policy but does it in a way that is less burdensome and frankly much quicker," says Stenehjem.

Each commissioner meets in the next week to formalize a document with the information discussed today. The proposal could be approved at next weeks January Industrial Commission meeting.

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