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Landowner Reactions to Summit Plans

The High Plains Reader recently published a story about the proposed Summit pipeline and detailed some of the reactions that affected landowners had about proposed easements. Kurt Swenson is one of the landowners who have concerns about Summit’s plan. “After reviewing the proposed contract with the help of attorneys, Swenson said that no attorney in … Read More

Derrick Guest Authors on FracTracker Alliance

Derrick recently appeared as a guest writer for FracTracker Alliance. In the article, he discusses the complicated issues surrounding pore space usage and landowner rights, including some detail regarding the history of the related legislation and litigation. Read his article here. 

Pore Space Fight Update on “News & Views”

Derrick appeared on “News & Views” this week with Northwest Landowners Association Chairman Troy Coons to discuss the recent unanimous North Dakota Supreme Court ruling on the Pore Space bill in favor of the Landowners. Their discussion was related to a petition that was filed on August 18th, 2022 by the State of North Dakota … Read More

North Dakota Owes Landowners for Pore Space Litigation Fees

In a recent online article, “The Center Square” highlighted additional detail surrounding the North Dakota Supreme Court’s unanimous Court ruling on behalf of Landowners.   Derrick Braaten was quoted in the article speaking about the uphill battle the Landowners faced:  Derrick said he remembers walking into the state House and seeing Coons talking to lawmakers. … Read More

Landowners Seek Reimbursement After Law Found Unconstitutional

One of the most controversial laws of the 2019 legislative session was ruled on by North Dakota’s high court recently, in favor of North Dakota landowners’ pore space rights.  A recent AP story highlights the details of the North Dakota Supreme Court ruling:  “A state district judge last year ruled the law unconstitutional because it gives … Read More

More Reactions to Landowners Pore Space Win

  Derrick Braaten and Northwest Landowners Association’s Chairman Troy Coons appeared in a recent KFYR story about the North Dakota Supreme Court ruling which impacted landowners’ rights related to compensation for their pore space usage.  “For an individual landowner with a disposal well, you could be talking several hundred thousand dollars per year to millions … Read More

Derrick and NWLA’s Troy Coons on News and Views Podcast

Derrick Braaten and Troy Coons (chairman of Northwest Landowners Association) appeared on Joel Heitkamp’s “News & Views” program today, discussing their reactions and thoughts related to the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling on behalf of landowner rights.  Listen to the recording of the “News & Views” podcast here. 

Unanimous Court Ruling Sides With Landowners

In an article by the Forum, Jeremy Turley writes, “The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group of landowners in a complex dispute over the oil and gas industry’s use of underground rock cavities.” Read the unanimous opinion here: Pore Space Opinion

North Dakota’s Supreme Court Agrees With Landowners

Yesterday, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled on behalf of North Dakota Landowners who filed a complaint in district court, asking the court to Declare Senate Bill 2344 (the pore space bill) an unconstitutional taking of private property. In an article written by James MacPherson of the Associated Press,  NWLA Attorney Derrick Braaten was quoted … Read More