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Bismarck firm awarded ND energy study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota legislative committee has chosen a Bismarck company to help develop a long-range legislative plan for the oil industry.

The interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee on Thursday chose Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson over the Louis Berger Group, which is based in New Jersey.

The Bismarck engineering and planning company's study estimate was $125,000, or about $1,400 more than the Louis Berger Group.

The report is required as part of a bill passed in the last legislative session that requires the Legislative Management committee to study "the likely changes to oil industry practices, production, impacts and tax policy in the foreseeable future of North Dakota." The 17-member Legislative Management panel oversees the Legislature's business between sessions.

The bill authorizes the panel to help with the study and hire a consultant with "demonstrated insight into current and future (oil) production advances."

The deadline for the study is Aug. 29, 2014.