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Published October 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

ND organization wants money to protect environment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of a grass-roots environmental group are backing a plan that would provide oil tax money to help deal with environmental issues in North Dakota's oil patch.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of a grass-roots environmental group are backing a plan that would provide oil tax money to help deal with environmental issues in North Dakota's oil patch.

The Dickinson Press reports that members of the Dakota Resource Council voted at their annual meeting to support a resolution to work with state lawmakers to direct at least 40 percent of local oil tax revenue back to communities in the oil development region.

They also plan to support legislation directing a minimum of $10 million from a trust fund for programs that support energy efficiency, energy assistance and renewable energy.

Oil patch residents at the meeting say they want to protect the environment in the area where oil and gas drilling is booming.

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