Missouri River study adopted; new lawsuits expected
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has adopted the findings of a Missouri River study that could impact oil and gas mineral ownership.
But an attorney for mineral owners tells the Bismarck Tribune that the final study will lead to more lawsuits
The three-member panel headed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the final recommendations from Wenck Associates. The study investigated the accuracy of a 1950s survey conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the ordinary high water mark of the Missouri River as it existed before the Garrison Dam, which created Lake Sakakawea.
The report found the state owns about 9,500 more acres than the federal survey of the river showed.
Attorney Josh Swanson calls it “a blatant taking” of land from private landowners.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com