John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission extended a contract Friday, Nov. 3, with a firm tasked with inspecting the Sandpiper Pipeline's construction despite the project being shelved more than a year ago. But that doesn't mean the oil pipeline is being resurrected.
BISMARCK—A federal judge declined to vacate the Dakota Access oil pipeline's easement on Wednesday, Oct. 11, while the project undergoes further analysis. U.S District Court Judge James Boasberg's order comes about four months after he ruled the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to fully follow the National Environmental Protection Act when it said the pipeline wouldn't have a significant environmental impact. He sent the matter back to the agency for further evaluation, but sought feedback on a proper remedy.
BISMARCK—The state of Minnesota is fighting attorneys' fees awarded to North Dakota in a long-running dispute over a Minnesota clean energy law. Almost a year ago, Minnesota appealed a federal judge's order awarding North Dakota more than $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and other costs in the case. Arguments are scheduled for Oct. 18 in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.
BISMARCK—Citing "fundamental disagreements" between regulators in North Dakota and Minnesota, Xcel Energy has proposed creating a separate company to serve its North Dakota electric customers.
MANDAN, N.D. -- President Donald Trump struck a populist tone in his push for tax cuts and reform at an oil refinery here Wednesday, Sept. 6. Trump spoke at the Andeavor refinery in Mandan, where he was flanked by refinery workers in blue fire resistant clothing. A white plume of primarily water vapor emitted from a large stack in the background.
BISMARCK -- President Donald Trump plans to visit North Dakota next week, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told Forum News Service Thursday, Aug. 31. The Republican president’s visit to the Bismarck-Mandan area Wednesday will be focused on tax reform, Hoeven said. Another person with knowledge of the plans said earlier Thursday that Trump planned to give a speech at a Mandan refinery, but Hoeven said he could not confirm potential sites.
BISMARCK—Hundreds gathered at the North Dakota state Capitol Wednesday, Aug. 30, to honor Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found in the Red River over the weekend. Standing before the crowd on the Capitol steps, Jon Eagle Sr. said he didn't want LaFontaine-Greywind's death "to be for nothing." He said many Native Americans have already gone through similar tragedies and Native women experience violence at a higher rate than other races.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission took no formal action after meeting behind closed doors for about an hour Tuesday, Aug. 8, regarding a complaint against the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline. The meeting, which was closed to the public for attorney consultation, came about nine months after commission staff filed a formal complaint alleging the company failed to get permission before adjusting the pipeline's route once "cultural materials" were discovered. Staff proposed a $15,000 fine in early November.
BISMARCK — A spokeswoman for the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline said Thursday, July 13, its offer to help the state of North Dakota with law enforcement costs associated with the pipeline protests is still on the table. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has "made an offer to help the state with these costs as we know it placed a great burden on the state," said spokeswoman Vicki Granado, who added that they "are thankful to law enforcement for ensuring the safety of our employees, our assets and those who live and work in the area."
BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota’s efforts to recover costs associated with the monthslong Dakota Access Pipeline protests hit a snag in recent weeks, but state officials say they’re continuing to explore their options.