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Helms: Department doing a good job

Lynn Helms
Lynn Helms

BISMARCK, ND. (KCND AM) -- North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says his main job is to regulate the state’s oil industry - and he thinks his department has done a good job with that.

Helms was responding to a letter sent by the democratic leaders in the state house and senate, suggesting that he's wearing two hats - a regulator and a promoter of the oil industry - and that job should be split in two.

Helms says he’s often asked - because of his expertise - to speak on issues in the industry, and to make predictions.

But he says he doesn’t consider that part of his job as “promotional.”