(BISMARCK, ND) – House minority leader Corey Mock (D-NPL, Grand Forks) and Rep. Alisa Mitskog (D-NPL, Wahpeton) issued the following statements following their participation in roundtable meetings with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
“We appreciate Administrator Pruitt’s visit to North Dakota to discuss federal policies that affect the energy and agricultural industries here at home.
“Dem-NPL leaders have been pushing to invest federal resources in research and incentive programs that help build more efficient power plants and new jobs in our energy corridor. North Dakota is proud to be an energy leader in the United States and around the world. But this can continue only if we are proactive in developing long-lasting, efficient sources of energy to power our homes, businesses, and vehicles. A comprehensive energy solution is needed to remain energy independent, and we hope federal leaders will stand with North Dakotans in making that a reality.”
“It was encouraging to have state policymakers and representatives from farm and ranch groups around the same table with Administrator Pruitt this morning to discuss the rescinding of the Waters of the United States rule and ongoing efforts to ensure the interests of farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers are protected. This was an opportunity to listen to one another and seek a commonsense approach that continues our responsible stewardship of the land and ensures state and local control over issues like grazing, drainage and wetlands.
“While we don’t always agree on every policy detail, it is important for policymakers and stakeholders to come to the table and listen to one another with the common goal of promoting what’s best for North Dakota – and we appreciate that Mr. Pruitt did so with us today.”