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Hoeven takes Democratic senator on tour of oil patch


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By NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune

western North Dakota to learn about the region’s growth and booming energy in- dustry. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., joined

Klobuchar, who is a co-sponsor of Ho- even’s Domestic Fuels Act of 2012. The two viewed several building proj-

ects under way in Williston. From there, they toured an oil rig operated by Statoil and later the Hess gas plant in Tioga. “She got a good sense of the energy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. toured

the level of growth taking place in the region. “It feels like the West 100 years ago,”

Klobuchar said. The Domestic Fuels Act was intro-

development, but she also got a good sense of the infrastructure development,” Hoeven said.

duced earlier this month. It has three main parts. The first is to streamline the process for storing multiple types of fuel in gas station tanks. A second part allows for liability protection for retailers sell- ing multiple fuel types. Finally, the bill would reduce cost to retailers by creating a new way for them to ensure their com- patibility of their equipment. Klobuchar agrees with Hoeven’s views

on piecing together a national energy policy. She said bills such as The Domes-

Klobuchar said she was impressed by

tic Fuels Act are a good way to start. Klobuchar said working together is

important in creating a policy that is beneficial to all sectors of the energy in- dustry. “I really see this as the future (with)

the incredible potential here (in North Dakota) and the technological advanc- es,” Klobuchar said. Klobuchar said she has observed that

ing in the next year,” Klobuchar said. (Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or

at Morton County officials consider man camp policy

By LEANN ECKROTH Bismarck Tribune

The Morton County Planning and

Zoning Commission will take another look April 26 at its draft man camp policy. The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be at the commission room of the Mor- ton County Courthouse. Planning and zoning commission-

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er Andy Zachmeier said one change to the draft will include wording about limiting businesses near a park. To fall in line with state law, he said, the policy will lower the one-mile limit setback to one-half mile. In March, commissioners struck

wording about how far a man camp could be from the extraterritorial zone of a city. They decided that decision should best be left to a city since it has

that authority. As the draft wording stands now,

setbacks will remain 4,000 feet away from residences, businesses, schools and churches in rural jurisdictions. Zachmeier said that part of the poli- cy wording will be discussed again. He said the question has been raised about, “is a mile of an existing resi- dence too high or too low?” Fees for possible man camp facili-

ties in Morton County remain as pro- posed for now. They will be discussed again, but must be reasonable if chal- lenged in court, Zachmeier said. Proposed fees include: n A $400 planning and zoning fee

for each occupant of a man camp. n A special use fee of $35,000 per

year for minimum of two years (at least $70,000) would be charged for up

to the first 100 occupants and an addi- tional $5,000 per year for every 100 be- yond that. Money collected from this fee would be used to hire and equip extra policing, and other personnel needed because of the camp area. It will also help prepare paperwork for a future man camp. n A cleanup bond starting at

$20,000 for up to a 50-person man camp, to $250,000 for 1,200 occu- pants. There are no pending man camp

permit applications, Zachmeier said. “There have been zero formal requests, only informal inquiries,” he said. “We still need to be ahead of the game.”

(Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-

8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktri-,)

her Senate colleagues are starting to warm to the idea of crafting an energy policy. “I think there could be a lot happen-

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