Gov. Jack Dalrymple today urged U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to support a states-first approach to regulating energy development. Dalrymple cautioned Jewell that a one-size-fits-all approach to regulate hydraulic fracturing will increase consumers' energy costs, add unnecessary layers of federal regulation and hamper the nation's progress in becoming energy independent
"The Obama administration should work with states to streamline regulatory processes and empower all sectors of the energy industry so that we can continue to create jobs, lead the nation's economic recovery and become increasingly energy independent," Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple met with Jewell early today in Dickinson to discuss the state's comprehensive energy development strategy, water supply projects, assistance for tribal nations and other issues.
North Dakota has regulated the full-life cycle of oil exploration for decades. The state's regulations are tailored for North Dakota's unique geology and they have a proven track record of protecting the environment. Regulations proposed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management may be appropriate in other oil-production regions of the United States, but in North Dakota they would create significant additional costs with no added benefit, Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple also challenged Jewell to streamline the permitting of federal lands for oil and gas development in North Dakota's Bakken Shale Formation. The governor also explained that the Interior Department's assistance will be critical to the success of major water projects, including a proposal to transfer fresh water from the Missouri River for use in the Red River Valley.
Also discussed were impacts to reservation infrastructure maintained by the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs. Dalrymple said heavy traffic from oil and gas development has left roadways on tribal lands in need of repair. He urged Jewell to work with tribal leaders to complete needed work on BIA roads.