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Goehring awards state’s first wine and grape research grants

May 1, 2014

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota’s first research grants to support and promote the state’s grape and wine industry. “The 2013 Legislature appropriated $80,000 for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to fund industry research and promotion,” Goehring said. “North Dakota’s grape and wine industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and the research funded…

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Fargo Forum says “ND Farm Bureau off on peculiar campaign” Feb. 11, 2014

May 1, 2014

The North Dakota Farm Bureau seems to be having an identity crisis. The venerable farm organization has put itself between a rock and a hard place with recent Janus-like performances. Published at www.InForum.com

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Private property takes priority over ‘special places’

May 1, 2014

BISMARCK — I am writing to thank North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring for his strong stance in protecting our private property rights. The Industrial Commission is considering a policy that, by requiring a public comment period, could significantly restrict drilling and oil-and-gas development on public and private lands deemed “extraordinary places.” Goehring supports a policy that excludes private lands…

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Letter: Landowners should have ability to make management decisions

February 24, 2014

For many of us who ranch in western North Dakota, our private land is interspersed within the federal grazing lands. A proposed new policy regarding drilling permits being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission could significantly restrict drilling and oil and gas development on private lands that are designated as “extraordinary places” by requiring a public comment period. The…

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BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has proposed a Pipeline Reclamation Inspection Program. With increasing energy production, this program will ensure that the long-term productivity of the land is being considered and addressed. “The Department of Agriculture has received calls from farmers and ranchers who have told us that they need assistance with follow up and follow through in dealing with pipeline companies,” Goehring said. “With more than 20,000 miles of pipeline already crossing North Dakota and thousands more miles to be added in coming years, it is very likely such issues will always exist.” Speaking at a news conference Thursday, in Bismarck, Goehring was joined by state legislators, Sen. Jessica Unruh and Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who support the idea. Under Goehring’s plan, a landowner who is dissatisfied by the response of a pipeline owner/operator in dealing with reclamation of their property can contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for assistance. The caller would supply required information, such as location, name of pipeline operator, date the work was done and the nature and manner in which their land has not been reclaimed properly. “The report would be forwarded to a field inspector who would conduct an on-site meeting with the landowner to assess the situation,” Goehring said. “The inspector would then prepare a written report, contact the pipeline company detailing the findings and proposed action for resolving the issues.” The report would be provided to the pipeline owner/operator outlining an acceptable timeline for corrective measures agreed upon by both the landowner and the company. The inspector would follow-up to ensure the work is finished in a satisfactory and timely manner. “In cases where a pipeline operator and landowner cannot agree on a plan of action, the case could be taken to the North Dakota Mediation Service,” Goehring said. “Many of these cases I have dealt with personally are the result of misunderstanding or miscommunication. If these issues are not worked out, mediation could help resolve many of them.” Goehring said the proposed legislation also includes funding for North Dakota State University to conduct research into alterative solutions for reclaiming land affected by pipeline construction. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Patricia DeckerGood speach...Doug.... l Hope it works for all sides.....:-)3 days ago

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The State Party is going to devote Thursday, Oct. 16 as a phoning night for Doug. If you can round up volunteers, or if you can make it yourself, it would be great. They are starting at 5:30 at HQ in Bismarck. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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DALRYMPLE, BADLANDS NGL ANNOUNCE LARGEST PRIVATE EQUITY PROJECT IN STATE HISTORY Value-Added Processing Plant will Convert Ethane Gas into Polyethylene, Reduce Flaring BISMARCK, ND – Governor Jack Dalrymple along with William Jeffrey Gilliam, CEO of Badlands NGL, LLC, today announced the development of a North Dakota manufacturing plant that will convert ethane, a byproduct of natural gas processing, into polyethylene which is used to make a wide variety of end-use consumer and industrial plastics. Badlands NGL, LLC, and its partners expect to invest $4 billion to build the polyethylene manufacturing facility in North Dakota. The project will be the largest private investment in state history. “This project is fully aligned with our goals to reduce flaring, add value to our energy resources right here in North Dakota and create diverse job opportunities across the state,” Dalrymple said. “By advancing the responsible development of our energy resources and by adding value to all of our resources, the opportunities in North Dakota are boundless.” Joining Dalrymple and Gilliam for the announcement were Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, both of whom serve with Dalrymple on the North Dakota Industrial Commission which regulates the state’s energy industry. Sen. John Hoeven also participated in the announcement which was held at the state Capitol in Bismarck. "The role of the Industrial Commission in helping the Badlands’ project come together reflects the Commission's mission to promote oil and gas production in a manner that prevents waste and protects the rights of mineral owners," Goehring said. “When completed, this project by itself has the potential to reduce most of the flaring of natural gas in our state. That’s real progress and good news for North Dakota.” The value-added manufacturing plant will tap into North Dakota’s abundant supplies of liquid natural gas to source ethane. The facility will convert ethane gas to low density and high density plastics which are used to make a wide range of end products for consumers and industry. The facility will be able to produce 1.5 million metric tons of polyethylene, or 3.3 billion pounds annually, and will employ 500 highly trained people in manufacturing, marketing, administrative, safety, financial and executive positions. The project will take at least three years for full development. “This is a good example of what we can accomplish by adding value to our energy resources,” Stenehjem said. “This plant will not only help us reduce the flaring of natural gas, but it will also create new, high-paying jobs and further diversify our state economy.” Badlands intends to market the majority of the polyethylene products domestically, but product will also find its way to markets in Asia, South America and Europe. Project developers say that the plant’s location in North Dakota will enable them to efficiently ship to world markets from the Pacific Northwest and from Atlantic ports. “Badlands is proud to bring this manufacturing facility to North Dakota,” Gilliam said. “We are committed to maximizing the value of Bakken ethane for producers, their midstream partners and all gas processors. This facility is the solution needed to add value to North Dakota’s ethane supply and make it a commercially marketable product. In doing so, there will actually be a market advantage for North Dakota polyethylene products. “North Dakota elected officials and agencies have provided Badlands with by far the most business-friendly and pro-development environment in the United States, Gilliam said. “We have been fortunate to attract many of North Dakota’s leading business and community leaders as Badlands investors, and we continue to discuss debt and equity capital markets needs with major financial institutions.” In developing the world-class manufacturing plant, Badlands is working with two strategic partners, Tecnicas Reunidas, or “TR” (www.tecnicasreunidas.es), which is based in Madrid, Spain, as well as Vinmar Projects (www.vinmar.com/projects/) of Houston, Texas. TR, one of the largest petrochemicals and polymers contractors in the world, is completing a preliminary engineering analysis for Badlands. This work is scheduled for completion in 2014 and will include technology evaluations, engineering and planning, and final site selection. Vinmar provides services in support of project finance for the development partners. Vinmar and Badlands have signed a mutually binding, 15-year memorandum of understanding for 100 percent of the polyethylene to be produced by the Badlands project. Badlands NGL, LLC is a Delaware limited liability company. Principals and strategic partners of Badlands have considerable experience in development, construction and management of operations that convert natural gas liquid into polyolefin products. -###- Vinmar | Projects Projects www.vinmar.com (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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