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Thursday, December 15, 2011 ■ Covering the Williston Basin ■ Volume 1, Issue 5

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, right, talks about the numerous infrastructure projects the $885.3 million allocated for the needs in western North Dakota during an announcement held at the state Capitol in Bismarck on Dec. 6. In the background are state offi cials scheduled to attend western community meetings from left are Lance Gaebe, director of the State Land Department, State Engineer Todd Sando, Mike Anderson director of the state Housing Finance Agency, Department of Transportation director Francis Ziegler and Department of Commerce director Alan Anderson. MIKE McCLEARY/Tribune

western counties to further assess what is needed to offset the impacts of the en- ergy boom. Roads and housing have been big is- sues in oil country during the boom. The Department of Transportation had $295.1 million appropriated for the 2011-13 biennium in its regular road funding. More than $119 million already has been spent on projects, which include the “super 2” design on U.S. Highway 85 between Williston and Watford City, which will some day be an undivided four-lane.

Other state road projects will simply Governor updates funds put into oil patch

By BRIAN GEHRING Bismarck Tribune

Just fi ve months into the new bienni-

um, North Dakota has already pumped $312 million into the oil patch for infra- structure, water and housing develop- ment.

On Dec. 6, Gov. Jack Dalrymple out- lined plans to infuse an additional $885.3

More gas

for Mandan Tesoro Refi nery increases diesel production to support regional demand — 4

million into the state oil and gas produc- ing counties to address impacts. At a news conference at the Capitol,

Dalrymple said along with the jobs and opportunities, the oil boom has brought some major challenges. “Our progress is not without hard-

ships, but we are fully committed to meeting the challenges of rapid econom- ic growth,” he said.

Dalrymple said the state has already spent more than $302 million for infra- structure, $7 million for water develop- ment and nearly $3 million for housing. Those fi gures are through the end of October. In the coming weeks, the governor

said, he and other state offi cials will em- bark on a “road tour” to visit commu- nities in the 17 oil-and-gas producing

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benefi t for N.D. Surface impact of drilling can be softened in Little Missouri State Park — 6

take time to complete, said DOT director Francis Ziegler. With planning, engineering, right-of-

way acquisition and other work, he said it takes between six to eight months of planning just for a paving project and about double that for a project that in- volves regrading. Ziegler said the DOT began repri-

oritizing projects before funding was an- nounced by the Legislature this session. In the session, the Legislature ap- propriated $228.6 million from the Continued on page 5

GOP candidates

debate energy Majority of presidential candidates say they would accelerate drilling in U.S. — 12

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