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  • December: Industry to Lead the Way in Tree Planting

    MONTHLY E-NEWS  |  December 2017

    Welcome and thank you to our newest members:

    CHS Inc.

    Jomax Construction

    Optimal Energy Resources

    Titan Energy Services

    Ziman Trucking

    October Preliminary Production

    OIL PRODUCTION:  1,185,499 bbls/day (all time high was Dec. 2014)

    GAS PRODUCTION: 2,061,896 MCFD
    (NEW all-time high)

    GAS CAPTURE RATE:  84% Bakken gas
    (87% Non-FBIR; 71% FBIR Bakken)

    WELL COUNT:  14,250 (new high)

    RIG COUNT:  54 active on average in November



    The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is partnering with the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), ONEOK, private landowners and wildlife groups to launch a new program dedicated to planting trees throughout North Dakota. Called “Planting for the Future,” this Partnership will leverage industry, landowner and conservation resources for large tree and shrub plantings that will help with conservation, soil preservation and habitat for deer, pheasants and other wildlife. Already, more than 50 landowners from across the state have expressed interest in participating in the project.

    The Partnership’s goal is to complete up to 30 planting projects within the next three years and leverage OHF funds, landowner and industry contributions to plant at least 55,000 trees. The trees will be monitored for up to three years to ensure successful plantings. In addition to working with landowners, Planting for the Future plans to partner with Mule Deer Foundation, Pheasants Forever and other local conservation and sportsmen groups to provide trees and shrubs for their projects.

    The OHF grant will help fund the planting of 55,000 trees within a three-year period, but NDPC president Ron Ness is optimistic that a majority will be planted within the next two years. He expects the program will continue well beyond the grant end-date and welcomes participation from other companies. Companies willing to get involved in the program can help in one of two ways:

    1. Donate to the NDPC Planting for the Future program to help purchase trees or cover costs.
    2. Connect with one or more of the applicants directly to assist them with their project.



    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will conduct an updated comprehensive, broad-based resource estimate for the Williston Basin. The USGS notified Senator John Hoeven earlier this month that it will undertake the analysis as a result of a meeting he hosted in Bismarck with USGS Acting Director William Werkheiser. Hoeven brought Werkheiser to the state to hear firsthand from energy leaders about the latest data, geological surveys and technical achievements in the oil field.

    Hoeven spearheaded a similar effort that resulted in the latest USGS study from 2013, which more than doubled the estimates of technically recoverable oil at that time, from 3.65 billion barrels to 7.4 billion barrels.


    Jaden Schmitz, Jacob Moeykens and Jase Rogness from Hazen High School won the first round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition with their video outlining how energy affects our morning routine, how we communicate, how we travel and even how some of us see things. #ShowYourEnergy was launched in October of this year

    #ShowYourEnergy was launched by Gov. Doug Burgum as part of Energy Awareness Month in October to raise awareness about energy by focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics program. The program is sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Energy of North Dakota program. Learn more at www.showyourenergy.com.


    Upcoming NDPC Events

    NDPC Denver Social

    The Annual Denver Social will be held Wednesday, March 21 at the Denver Petroleum Club in Denver, CO. 

    Save the Date and stay tuned for more information!

    ND OilPAC Sporting Clay Shoot

    NDPC will host a sporting clay shoot on May 16 at Capital City Sporting Clays in Bismarck, ND.

    Save the Date and stay tuned for more information.  


    The 2018 WBPC will be held May 22-24, 2018 in Bismarck, ND.

    Other Headlines


    More than 800 children will have a merrier Christmas this year, thanks to the generosity of NDPC members. This year, 818 toys and $2,400 were collected during the NDPC’s Fueling Fun Toy Drive which was held from November 20 through December 8.

    Bilfinger Westcon and Mann Energy Services each won $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice for collecting the most toys.

    “We want to thank all our member companies who participated and helped bring joy into so many children’s holidays this year,” said Tiffany Steiner, Marketing and Membership Manager for the NDPC and coordinator of this year’s drive.

    The Fueling Fun Toy Drive is just one of several campaigns hosted by the Energy of North Dakota. The next campaign drive will be the Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive in February. The event is a partnership with United Blood Services.


    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) Transportation Safety Institute will host Pipeline Safety Compliance Training specially designed for the energy industry in February and March 2018. The courses will familiarize participants with the US DOT pipeline safety regulations and acute, critical, and serious safety violations. The course is designed to assist pipeline safety personnel with fewer than 10 years industry experience.


    Congratulations to Kathy Neset for being awarded the Virtuous Leadership Award by the University of Mary!

    Receive OGRP Quarterly

    OGRP Quarterly is produced by the Oil and Gas Research Program to provide periodic information and updates on Program activities to the citizens of North Dakota. This quarter, we decided to put a special focus on select, current Oil & Gas Research Program (OGRP) projects to give the reader a flavor of the advancements being made to more effectively produce North Dakota’s oil and gas resources.

    If you would like to be added to the newsletter distribution list, send a message to Brent Brannan here with the subject line “Distribution List” or visit oilresearch.nd/gov. A link to the newsletter can be found at https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ogr/News.aspx


    NDPA Monthly Update

    View the North Dakota Pipeline Authority’s monthly update here.


    DMR Oil & Gas Hearing Schedule

    January 17-18, 2018

    February 21-22, 2018

    March 21-22, 2018

    April 25-26, 2018

    View more dates here.

    NDPC Events

    • March 21:  NDPC Member Denver Social – Denver Petroleum Club
    • May 16:  ND Oil PAC Sporting Clay Shoot – Capital City Sporting Clays, Bismarck, ND
    • May 22-24: Williston Basin Petroleum Conference – Bismarck, ND  |  More Info
    • June 18-21:  Energy of North Dakota Teacher Seminar  |  More Info
    • July 17:  Bakken Rocks CookFest – Grenora
    • July 18:  Bakken Classic Fishing Derby – New Town
    • July 19:  Bakken Rocks CookFest – Twin Buttes
    • Aug. 29:  ND Oil PAC Golf Tournament – Bully Pulpit, Medora
    • Sept. 24-26:  36th NDPC Annual Meeting – Fargo, ND
    • Dec. 6:  Mingle & Jingle Christmas Social – Bismarck, ND