North Dakota

North Dakota’s combination of environmental treasures, challenges and opportunities make the state a key part of ELPC’s advocacy to achieve environmental progress and economic development together.  ELPC works in North Dakota to:

  • Minimize wasteful flaring at the Bakken oil fields — ELPC is working with a diverse group of allies in North Dakota to advocate for capturing that natural gas, rather than burning it off. That will create new sources of revenue for energy companies, create new jobs, and prevent air pollution that contributes to climate change and public health concerns. We’re also working on the ground and in the courts to push back against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s efforts to gut standards designed to cut methane waste.
  • Advance wind energy and energy efficiency ELPC is encouraging further development of wind energy, which already provides 15% of the state’s electricity and more than $1 billion to the state’s economy. With our partners at North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE), ELPC works to advance policy and financing solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to succeed in North Dakota.
  • Protect wild & natural places like the Theodore Roosevelt National Park — ELPC is engaging local leaders to protect the Teddy Roosevelt National Park from potential harms posed by nearby hydraulic fracturing activity and natural gas flaring.  Included in this work is our effort to stop the development of a massive oil refinery on the border of the Park. This is part of a larger effort to protect North Dakota’s “special places” — including areas in and around the National Park, Little Missouri National Grasslands, Elkhorn Ranch and the Badlands.

ELPC partners with the Dakota Resource Council, North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy,  National Parks Conservation Association and other state groups to achieve progress.


Past Victories

  • Clean Energy – In North Dakota, we are especially focused on the efficient and effective implementation of the federal Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides grant and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help produce clean energy and improve energy efficiency. REAP is a diverse program that has supported all clean energy technologies and can serve every agricultural sector. In North Dakota, REAP awarded 70 projects worth $2.68 million in grants between 2003 and 2011.  Read More.
  • Clean Air – ELPC’s advocacy and communications team worked with partners from public health, agriculture as well as Tribal leaders in North Dakota to push back against a Congressional effort to end the regulation of methane waste on public lands. Our work helped to defeat this polluter promoted assault on clean air.

For more victories, visit our impacts page.

Key program staff working in North Dakota

Ann Mesnikoff, Federal Legislative Director
Scott Strand, Senior Attorney

ELPC’s multi-disciplinary staff, Board and Advisory Councils work throughout the Midwest to help solve environmental problems.

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