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Mineral Owners Successful in Claim Against Statoil; Ruling Underscores Important Takeaways for Lease Language

We are thrilled for our clients that we successfully resolved a North Dakota Supreme Court appeal of a case interpreting an oil and gas lease’s termination provisions in our clients’ favor. See Johnson v. Statoil Oil & Gas LP et al., 2018 ND 227.  While we are pleased with the result, the case also carries … Read More

Industrial Commission gives oil industry more flexibility on flaring

Derrick Braaten, a Bismarck attorney who represents landowners and royalty owners, said he doesn’t think the commission is taking the right approach to encourage investment. “To me, it’s too much of a nice guy approach,” Braaten said. “I understand being business-friendly, but businesses respond to regulatory environments, too.”

Sides spar over water permit for refinery near national park

A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday. An attorney for area landowners challenging the recommended permit for the Davis Refinery countered that information from developer Meridian Energy Group has been … Read More

Attorney Derrick Braaten on Buffalo hog farm and petition for rehearing

Derrick Braaten and his clients, a group of concerned citizens from Buffalo who are opposing the establishment of a large hog operation there, says they’ve submitted a “petition for rehearing” to the North Dakota Supreme Court. The group is asking for a rehearing after being dissatisfied by the court’s recent opinion. In it, the court … Read More

Attorney Derrick Braaten on Buffalo hog farm Supreme Court decision

Derrick Braaten of Baumstark Braaten Law Partners represents a group of Buffalo, ND, landowners who are opposing  the establishment of a 9,000-hog concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in their backyard. Last week, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Minnesota-based Pipestone Holdings that will operate the facility. Braaten was arguing that the … Read More