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Land Board Awards More than $12 Million in Energy Impact Grants
Post Date: Apr 28 2015

By ND Governor's Office
The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded more than $12 million in Energy Impact Grants for political subdivisions impacted by rapid development in the state’s oil and gas counties. More than 130 grants totaling $12,360,242 were awarded from the Oil and Gas Impact Grant fund to political subdivisions, including cities, counties, townships and park districts.
 
The Legislature provided nearly $240 million in Energy Impact Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium to help western North Dakota address increased growth and activity. More than $18 million of that amount was allocated for political subdivisions without a specific grant round. Other grant rounds include cities, fire districts, emergency medical services, K-12 schools, higher education, airports and law enforcement.
 
“These grants are an important part of our ongoing commitment to help the oil and gas region meet the challenges created by rapid growth,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “This funding will help political subdivisions in western North Dakota address their immediate needs and make the necessary infrastructure enhancements to mitigate the impacts of increased energy development.”
 
Dalrymple is chairman of the five-member Land Board. Other members of the board are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
 
To date, including the grants awarded today, the Land Board has committed nearly $220 million in state Energy Impact Grants and will award a total of nearly $240 million in grants during the 2013-2015 biennium. The grants are used to address a wide range of needs, including enhancements for law enforcement agencies and emergency services; upgrades to airports, as well as county and city infrastructure; and support for growing schools.
 
In all, the state will invest about $2.7 billion to support the state’s oil and gas region during the current biennium. The state commitment – more than twice the amount of the previous, two-year funding package of about $1.2 billion – includes funding for highway, county and township road improvements; water supply and water treatment projects and the development of affordable housing. Other state commitments include stationing more Highway Patrol troopers in western North Dakota; enhancements to the region’s court system and funding for dust suppression projects.
 
For a complete list of grants approved today by the Land Board, go to: www.nd.gov/energyimpact.
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