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Cornett: Shoot Where the Duck is Going

By Steve Cornett

In our part of the world, there are a lot of stock water ponds impounded behind watershed dams. They are a popular place for ducks to congregate and quack during the winter. As a kid, with a new-used bolt-action, .410, I liked to sneak up over the dam and shoot at them.


Which States Are the Most Environmentally Friendly?

By Sarah Lozanova

A majority of Americans see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe the federal government should do more to stop them. Despite growing concern about the climate crisis, some states are doing far less than others to boost energy efficiency, decrease the use of fossil fuels, and protect air, water, and soil quality. Are you living in a state that’s taking environmental actions?


Burgum, sanford laud historic transfer of coal creek station, transmission line to rainbow energy, nexus line

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today highlighted the benefits of reliable, affordable baseload coal power and innovative technologies such as carbon capture as they joined officials and workers at Coal Creek Station to celebrate the finalized sale of the coal-fired power plant and a related high-voltage transmission line.


8 Midwest states, including North Dakota, seek permanent waiver to sell E15 gas

By The Associated Press Photo: Savannah Louie

Governors from eight Midwest states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a permanent waiver that will allow each state to continue selling ethanol-blended gas year-round without restriction.


Energy industry turning to carbon management to reach net zero, but could hit environmental hurdles

Rick r. Rothman and Kirstin E. Gibbs

In December, the Biden-Harris administration signed an executive order that established five ambitious goals related to net-zero emissions. One of the ways the energy industry is seeking to meet those goals is through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). While this is not new technology, there is a renewed focus on using technology to reach net-zero goals by the mid-century. But achieving widespread adoption of this carbon management tool and the deployment of alternative energy sources like blue and green hydrogen requires careful navigation of related environmental and regulatory considerations.


Mayors Outside South Dakota Interested in Fighting Climate Change

By Cory Allen Heidelberger

Kate Wright, new exec of Climate Mayors, says the hundreds of mayors participating in the group’s effort to take local action to fight climate change are hoping to use the big Biden infrastructure program to launch a host of climate change responses:


North Dakota Coal Counties Look At Dropping Wind Restrictions, But Snags Remain

By Adam Willis Photo: John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

A pair of North Dakota coal counties that passed rules restricting the construction of new wind farms two years ago are hashing out new ordinances that could reopen the coveted areas for wind development.


Demand for oil is spiking. So why are North Dakota rigs lying idle?

By Christa Case Bryant Photo: Mathew Brown

One reason American gas prices remain so high lies in the ruts of J&J Rental’s parking lot here in Watford City – the heart of North Dakota’s oil country.


MISO finds broad benefits to building $10.4B of transmission projects to support 53 GW of clean energy

By Ethan Howland Photo: Marie Puddu via Getty Images

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator is advancing through its stakeholder process a $10.4 billion set of transmission lines that could support about 53 GW of wind, solar, hybrid and stand-alone battery projects.


A wind energy company has pleaded guilty after killing at least 150 eagles

By Associated Press Photo: Chris Szagola , AP

A wind energy company was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay more than $8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed over the past decade at its wind farms in eight states, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.