Mineral owners eagerly await Missouri River survey made public this week

AMY DALRYMPLE Bismarck Tribune

Mineral owners and their attorneys will be busy for the next two months reviewing a new study of the historical channel of the Missouri River, a report that aims to resolve disputes over oil and gas ownership.

Consultant Wenck Associates presented Tuesday an overview of its study of the ordinary high water mark of the Missouri River as it existed before the construction of the Garrison Dam, which created Lake Sakakawea.

The full survey and supporting materials will be made public by Friday at www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas.

The study, ordered by the Legislature, investigated the accuracy of the 1950s river survey conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.