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KHRT ND News - Saturday - 02/16/19 - Morning Edition

North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production set a record in December....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production set a record in December. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.4 million barrels of oil daily in December. That's up from 1.37 million barrels in November.
     North Dakota also produced a record 2.65 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in December, up from 2.52 billion cubic feet in November. There were 15,351 producing wells in December, down one from a record set in October.  
     The December tallies are the latest figures available. There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up one from the December average.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Senate has passed a bill that better defines the legal consequences for people who tamper with pipelines and any groups that help them. The measure passed 42-3 on Friday.

    Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal of Edinburg sponsored the bill that was inspired by environmental activists who turned an oil pipeline valve in her northeast North Dakota district in 2016. The legislation says it's illegal to damage energy facilities and other critical infrastructure facilities. It also would increase fines on organizations that conspire with individuals who tamper with infrastructure. The bill wouldn't prevent the "lawful assembly and peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, including a labor dispute between an employer and its employee."

    The measure now goes to the House for consideration.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House has passed a measure that makes it illegal to pass a pet off as a service animal. Representatives voted on Friday to approve the measure that would levy a fine of up to $100 for falsely claiming a pet as a service animal to "gain admission to a public place" or obtain housing.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House has passed a measure that would require disclosure of travel and security costs for state officials, including the governor. The bill comes after questions from lawmakers and the media about the level of personal security for Gov. Doug Burgum.

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order extending an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane until February 28th and adding haulers of diesel fuel and gasoline to those covered by the waiver.

    North Dakotans are faced with extremely low inventories of propane supplies, diesel fuel and gasoline products resulting from market conditions impacted by severe seasonal weather and increased heating fuel demands, the order states.

    Waiving the hours of service requirements will ensure that carriers and drivers can deliver propane, diesel and gasoline to businesses, farms, ranches and private households to meet the state's needs.

    The original waiver issued on February 6th covered only propane haulers and was set to expire February 17th. The executive order signed today extends the waiver to February 28th. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.


    MINOT, ND - Fire destroyed a garage in southwest Minot. The Minot Fire Department says they responded to a fire on 31st Avenue Southwest just before 3 pm on Friday for a report of smoke coming from a detached garage. Firefighters fought the fire for over an hour before it was extinguished. Damage to the vehicles and garage is estimated at $20,000. Officials say the cause of the fire is undetermined, though the fire's origin was near the engine compartment on one of the vehicles. Officials say no one was injured during the incident.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House members have pitched in to buy a car for the Capitol's popular parking lot attendant. An emotional Mark Johnstone was presented keys to the 2007 Ford Taurus on Friday.

    Republican Rep. Don Vigesaa says Johnstone had been having problems getting to work because his old vehicle was unreliable. Vigesaa is a car dealer from Cooperstown and says he had a reliable trade-in on his lot. Vigesaa says it was a bipartisan effort to raise money for taxes and license fees so Johnstone could get back on the road.

    Johnstone was homeless for 30 years and is a recovering alcoholic. Lawmakers say he's turned his life around and is one of the friendliest and most helpful people at the Capitol.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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