Advocacy Groups Raise Questions About Virus Relief Money

(Bismarck, ND) — Two advocacy groups are questioning the use of virus relief funds on fracking. The Dakota Resource Council and North Dakotans for Public Integrity sent a letter yesterday to both the state Industrial Commission and the Emergency Commission. Sixteen million dollars in CARES Act Funding have gone to oil companies in the state to reimburse part of the cost of fracking wells. The groups allege the funding violates the North Dakota Constitution’s anti-gift clause. Governor Doug Burgum spoke about the letter at yesterday’s Industrial Commission meeting and strongly rejected that the funds were gifts.

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