Group sues North Dakota over ‘pore space’ law


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota landowners group has sued the state over a new law related to compensation for the use of cavities in underground rock formations.

The Northwest Landowners Association filed its lawsuit Monday challenging the law that takes effect Thursday. The group says the new law amounts to the unconstitutional taking of private property rights.

Gov. Doug Burgum in April signed the legislation that sought to clarify issues surrounding the cavities known as “pore space,” which may be used to inject saltwater from oil and gas production or for enhanced oil recovery.

Under the new law, some landowners cannot be compensated for their pore space.

Burgum has said the law clarifies legal issues related to underground injection, which should boost the state’s energy industry.

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