Senate hearing for ND’s Clark delayed

BISMARCK, N.D. — A U.S. Senate committee has delayed a hearing on North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark’s nomination for a federal regulatory board.

President Barack Obama has nominated Clark for one of the five seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commission regulates electric transmission lines and natural gas pipelines.

The Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee had scheduled a hearing Wednesday on Clark’s nomination. But the panel has now delayed the hearing until March 20.

Clark is a Republican. He has been a North Dakota utility regulator for almost 12 years. His Public Service Commission term ends in December and he is not running for re-election.

Clark’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.