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BISMARCK - Today, supporters of Measure 5 for clean water, wildlife and parks in North Dakota filed an election complaint with North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger against the American Petroleum Institute, a Washington D.C.-based oil industry lobby firm. The complaint includes violations of campaign disclosure on campaign materials that are being used across the state.
FARGO - Today, supporters of Measure 5, the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks amendment, called on the American Petroleum Institute to stop the lies they have been telling to North Dakota voters about the impacts of the measure.
“Having a Washington D.C.-based oil industry lobby firm come into our state elections and dump over $1 million into the race telling lies doesn’t make sense to me,” said Steve Adair, campaign chairman. “These types of lies and dirty tricks are not how North Dakotans debate the issues that are important to us, and we demand it stop immediately.”
FARGO – North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks accused an oil lobbying group of using “lies and dirty tricks” to try to defeat Measure 5 on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Conservation proponents singled out the American Petroleum Institute, a Washington, D.C., lobbying group that has pumped more than $1 million into the campaign to defeat Measure 5, which would set aside 5 percent of the state oil and gas extraction tax.
Educators, tribes, and hunters and anglers are some of the more than 340 endorsers lining up behind Measure 5, which will protect North Dakota’s clean water, wildlife and parks when passed in November. Sponsoring committee members and individual endorsers have been traveling to communities statewide to talk about why the state’s conservation legacy is important to them and their support for Measure 5.
The tour will stop in Devils Lake on Friday, Oct. 18 and the endorsement announcements will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Grahams Island State Park.
Measure 5 has its faults, but the threats to N.D. wildlife are too dire to stay on the present course.
North Dakota’s state bird could be in trouble. Earlier this year, the Game and Fish Department added the bird to its Conservation Priority List.
The state bird is the western meadowlark, one of the most familiar of North Dakota bird species — and now one of the hardest to find, at least in the Red River Valley.
Changes in federal farm policy have brought changes on the land, and the meadowlark has suffered. Its habitat has dwindled.