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Industrial Commission Moves Forward with 'Special Places' Proposal

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After hundreds of comments and a month of consideration, the Industrial Commission is moving forward on a plan that will protect certain special places while drilling for oil.

The plan was proposed by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in December, and would require oil and gas companies to submit extensive mitigation plans, and minimize the impact that rigs and wells would have on those special areas. The plan received criticism for imposing on private property rights, but the amended plan passed today will only affect public land in the special areas.

"When you're putting an oil rig within a unit or spot let's have a discussion about whether there are ways to reduce the impact by painting a rig or planting trees or moving it a little bit. There is a lot that can be done," says Stenehjem.

The plan will go in affect on May 1, and the Commission says that there could be legislative action on the plan in the next session.

 

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