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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ND: Environment

North Dakota regulators have given the green light for a new pumping station for the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- In a unanimous decision, the state Public Service Commission has approved a key step in increasing capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The move has prompted new concerns from Native American tribes and environmental groups. The company behind the project, Energy Transfer, w

A Trump administration proposal would exempt some large infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, from environmental review. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

BISMARCK, S.D. -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to one Native American activist. The change to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the scope of environmenta

State regulators say 16% of oil produced in North Dakota in October was shipped out by rail. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Even minor changes to oil movement by rail are under scrutiny in North Dakota because of its potential public safety hazard. This week, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public hearing on a proposed change from diesel to crude oil storage and reimplement

The battle over oil pipelines continues three years after the Standing Rock protests. (PhotoImage/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from Keystone XL in North Dakota and a proposal to expand the Dakota Access Pipeline, those protests continue to echo. Chase Iron Eyes, a

Meridian Energy has proposed an oil refinery within three miles of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Amy Meredith/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – The struggle over an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the hands of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Key groups await the justices' decision on the case focusing on the state Public Service Commission's decision not to require a siting permit for the Me

NEW TOWN, N.D. – The Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting this year features a documentary on the people of a North Dakota town when the Bakken oil boom hit. "My Country No More" is about the western farm town of Trenton from 2011 to 2016, when industry – and money – flooded

Saltwater injection oil wells have the potential to leak onto farmers' land and make it untenable. (wahoowins/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota is proposing to strengthen regulations for abandoned oil wells. The proposals have landowners and groups such as the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) cautiously optimistic, seeing the rules as a long time coming. Draft rules include a measure to make companies pa

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is hosting the seventh Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival. (nps.gov)

MEDORA, N.D. – To enjoy the stars, a dark night far from light pollution is key. And that's just what Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota offers at its annual gathering for space enthusiasts. For the seventh year in a row, the park is hosting the Dakota Nights Astronom

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