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What North Dakota Deserves (Written by: Joel Heitkamp)

by Amy Iler

In North Dakota, we have major industry. We have wanted this for years and now it is here. North Dakota has jobs, construction and opportunities for all who are willing. If you don't believe it, head to Bismarck and ask anyone in the Executive Branch.

The problem: Those people, who are paid to look out for you, aren't always doing so.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) is the regulatory branch of our state. The races you are about to watch unfold for PSC are races that deserve your attention. 

They will determine if you believe someone needs to look out for the interest of mineral owners and land owners alike. Not to mention, the taxpayers of North Dakota.

Recently, the current PSC determined they wouldn't fine a pipeline placed in North Dakota without proper permitting. They didn't want to fine them and discourage future construction. What about those companies that did it right? What about those landowners (that it is your job to protect)? What about the people of North Dakota and their interests?

Normally, nothing on the ballot is as boring as the race for the PSC. I assure you, that won't be the case this time.