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ND commission to review proposed drilling rule

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 8:27 am •  Published: January 22, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission is slated to review a proposal that's designed to reduce the impact of oil drilling in the state.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem last month submitted the proposed list of 18 places for special protection. The so-called special places list includes private and public land, including the Little Missouri River National Grasslands and Lake Sakakawea.

Stenehjem, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are scheduled to review the proposal Wednesday.

Stenehjem's proposal has been criticized by some Republican lawmakers and oil and farm groups.

He says the Industrial Commission already has restrictions in place to minimize impacts from oil drilling but decisions need a formal requirement for public comment.