BISMARCK — Many times, what sounds good is anything but easy. Such is the case with the column by Ryan Taylor, the Democratic-NPL Party’s candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner (“Hat-wearing, non-furbearing leadership for N.D.,” Page A4, July 18). Taylor’s folksy, ah-shucks language may sound appealing and his solutions easy, but the realities of regulating our state’s two largest industries are seldom so simple.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission’s task is to regulate the drilling and producing of oil and gas in North Dakota, with the mission of preventing waste and protecting the rights of mineral owners. To fulfill this mission, the Industrial Commission directs the Department of Mineral Resources to review permitting on all lands, as all land in the state is valuable.