Oil Drilling in the Killdeer Mountains | VideoJennifer Joas | 2/20/2013
Loren Jepson appeared at an Industrial Commission meeting in January to speak in opposition to the proposed drilling. He, along with several others, were in favor of Hess drilling a three mile long lateral to reach the minerals.
The commission voted to approve the drilling. But since then he`s filed a petition for reconsideration by the Industrial Commission. In his petition he brought up several reasons for opposing the drilling, but the state says itís too late.
"This was another issue that was no raised at the hearing in any way shape or form. So I don`t believe that established any grounds for reconsideration or re-hearing either," said Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan.
The commission voted to deny his petition for reconsideration.