NORTH DAKOTA LEADS MULTISTATE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW EPA RULE
June 29, 2015
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined with Attorneys General from eleven other states* in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the EPA’s new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.
For more information: North Dakota Leads Multistate Lawsuit Challenging New EPA Rule
FEDERAL COURT TEMPORARILY STOPS BLM FRACKING RULE FROM TAKING EFFECT
June 24, 2015
The federal district court in Wyoming yesterday temporarily blocked implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hydraulic Fracturing Rule that had been scheduled to go into effect today. “The BLM rules are not ready for primetime,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. “These rules undermine the state’s authority to enforce existing oil and gas regulations. They also impose a new layer of federal bureaucracy on oil and gas development not just in North Dakota but across the country.”
For more information: Federal Court Temporarily Stops BLM Fracking Rule from Taking Effect
CONVICTED FELON WAS OPERATING AN UNLICENSED CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS - Carlson banned from doing business in North Dakota
June 10, 2015
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order banning Mark Howard Patrick Carlson of Bismarck, doing business as Perfection Construction, from conducting business in the state. Carlson, who is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal record, does not have a contractor’s license.
For more information: Mark Howard Patrick Carlson DBA Perfection Construction Banned
Read the Cease & Desist Order
HEARING SCHEDULED ON STATE’S REQUEST TO BLOCK BLM RULE FROM TAKING EFFECT
June 10, 2015
Earlier this week, the state of North Dakota filed a request in federal District Court for a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to block the BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule from going into effect on June 24. The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming has scheduled a hearing on June 23, 2015, to hear North Dakota’s request and separate requests filed by Wyoming and Colorado. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will be attending the hearing.
For more information: Hearing Scheduled on Request to Block BLM Rule
APPROPRIATION AUTHORITY OF ND PERS & ND RIO
June 4, 2015
The Legislature has granted ND PERS and ND RIO continuing appropriation authority for the funds necessary to administer the programs they oversee. This express continuing appropriation authority, combined with the fiduciary obligations associated with the plans they administer, carries the implied authority to expend funds for salaries and associated operating expenses needed to fulfil their obligations, to the extent the implied authority is not prohibited by state law.
Read the Opinion: 2015-L-04
ACTING US ATTORNEY MYERS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL STENEHJEM ANNOUNCE “BAKKEN ORGANIZED CRIME STRIKE FORCE” IN WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA
June 3, 2015
Acting US Attorney Chris Myers and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem held a joint announcement in Bismarck today to announce the formation of the “Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force" to identify, target, and dismantle all types of organized crime in the Bakken including human trafficking, drug and weapons trafficking, and white collar crimes.
For more information: Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force
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