Forum Communications, Published October 25 2012
$2.5M awarded for oil-impacted counties in NDBISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands Board today awarded $2.5 million in energy impact grants to help fund affordable housing for teachers and enhance public safety in the Oil Patch.
The grants are part of the state’s $135 million Energy Impact Grant Fund created to address impacts from rapid oil and gas development.
Six school districts will receive dollars for teacher housing. Other grants will support school renovations, dust control, a road overlay, security surveillance, increased signage for student safety and modifications to a jail to accommodate more inmates.
For a complete list of the awards, visit www.nd.gov/energyimpact.
The Land Board is expected to award another $2.5 million in grants in December.
“We will continue working with local officials and community leaders to meet the region’s current and long-term needs,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who is chairman of the Land Board, said in a news release.