ND cities can apply for oil impact grants

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The State Land Board is encouraging communities in North Dakota's 17 oil and gas producing counties to start applying for state grants aimed at helping address the adverse impacts of energy development.

The Legislature this year increased funding for the Oil and Gas Impact Fund from $8 million to $100 million for the 2011-2013 budget cycle. About a third of the money will be available to Williston, Dickinson and Minot.

The state's Energy Impact Office is accepting grant applications from cities through June 30. Counties, townships and other political entities will be allowed to apply later.

The State Land Board is made up of the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer and state school superintendent.