North Dakota Chapter of the Sierra Club News and In The News

Ed GruchallaSC-DC ExComm Member Ed Gruchalla: ND misses out on Xcel wind farm
The Forum, Fargo, N.D., Oct. 13, 2017

Last week, farmers in South Dakota were jumping up and down in excitement over the announcement by Xcel Energy that their new 300-megawatt wind energy farm would be built there instead of North Dakota.... 

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SC-DC Urges Sen. Heitkamp to co-sponsor bills to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Oct. 11, 2017

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp today, Sierra Club-North Dakota Chapter Executive Committee Chair Todd Leake urged her to co-sponsor either of two bills that will fund the long-standing Land and Water Conservation Fund. THE LWCF has been a boon to many North Dakota communities, parks and other public lands.

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Sierra Club-North Dakota Chapter Urges Counselor to Interior Secretary to Maintain BLM Flaring Rule in Current Form
Sept. 27, 2017

Vincent DeVito, counselor to the secretary on energy policy, will be speaking today at the N.D. Petroleum Council's annual meeting. He is responsible for policies related to drilling on public lands within the U.S. Dept. the Interior.

A crucial issue related to drilling on public lands, including thousands of acres in North Dakota, is the Bureau of Land Management Methane Flaring and Natural Gas Waste Reduction Rule. Earlier this year, Congress attempted to repeal the BLM rule, and discussions continue regarding the potential to “rewrite” it. The North Dakota Chapter of the Sierra Club supports maintaining the Methane Flaring and Natural Gas Waste Reduction Rule as it is.

Read: the full statement from Todd Leake, Sierra Club-North Dakota Chapter Executive Committee Chair.

SC-DC ExComm Member Ed Gruchalla on KFGO
Sept. 26, 2017

Listen In! North Dakota Chapter Executive Committee Member and Citizens Local Energy Action Network (C.L.E.A.N.) President Ed Gruchalla and C.L.E.A.N. Secretary Paul Jensen were on KFGO radio, Fargo, today (Sept. 26, 2017) discussing climate change, the environment, and some alternatives they believe could be used more in our area.

"We Must Not Allow Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge"
Letter to the editor of The Forum, Fargo, by Sierra Club-North Dakota Chapter member Al Coen