PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have decided to conduct a study of what the state must do to prepare for the coming development of oil and gas drilling.
The Executive Board, a panel that handles management issues for the Legislature, voted unanimously Monday to set up a special committee that will study the expected spread of oil and gas development from North Dakota into South Dakota.
Sen. Ryan Maher of Isabel says the drilling will require additional services and put a strain on water supplies.
The board also voted to create a second study committee that will look at the funding of state universities and technical schools. Sen. Bob Gray of Pierre says that study would look giving funding priority to schools that provide graduates needed to fill critical jobs.
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