The path was given after the three-member fee, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, met behind closed doorways in government session. Burgum’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki did not supply a rationale for in search of the surface assist.
The lawsuit filed final month in Cass County District Courtroom argues the brand new regulation is unconstitutional and quantities to an almost $2 billion giveaway in money and state-owned sovereign lands to a “small group of personal events in western North Dakota.” Proponents stated the laws would assist clear up uncertainty over mineral possession, thus encouraging extra oil improvement beneath the lake.
Democratic state Rep. Marvin Nelson, who opposed the laws throughout final yr’s session, is amongst those that introduced the lawsuit towards the state.