The Industrial Commission considers recognizing 18 areas in North Dakota as extraordinary places.
It was a full house at the Industrial Commission meeting Thursday morning...as the Attorney General, Governor and Ag Commissioner considered making areas such as the Little Missouri River and Theodore Roosevelt National Park as special places with cultural and historical significance.
While the Attorney General's proposal would protect these sights, drilling would NOT be prohibited.
(Wayne Stenehjem / ND Attorney General) "This designation does not prevent the development of any of the minerals within those areas. What it says instead is if a permit to drilli is applied for, then the companies have submit an impact mitigation plan. What are they going to do in those areas to provide for reduction as much as possible in any impact.
(Marie Hoff / Dakota Resource Council) "This is something that we did and do want is public process for making these kind of decisions and we are very happy that the attorney general has put forward a proposal and that he did stress the importance of having public input because we feel that if the public had not spoken up ahead of time, even before this meeting, that this meeting or that this proposal from the attorney general would not have happened."
The Industrial Commission will meet again to vote on if these amendments to the North Dakota Administrative Code should be accepted.
If passed the public will then be asked to provide input.