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"Ask the Experts" video footage of industry and state professionals answering commonly asked industry-related questions.


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Surface Owner Questions
These questions are related to the surface owner of the land being drilled on.

Mineral Owner Questions
These questions are related to the owner of the minerals in which the oil comes from.

Regulatory Questions
These questions are related to legal regulations involved with the different aspects of drilling a well in North Dakota.

Bakken Basics
These questions are related to the Bakken formation and the process behind drilling in the Bakken.

Royalties and Tax Questions
These questions are related to tax distribution of North Dakota’s oil and gas tax revenues, as well as royalties paid owners.

Oil and Gas Production
These questions are related to oil and gas production in the state of North Dakota.

Roads, Pipelines, and Electrical Transmission Questions
These questions are related to North Dakota’s oil and gas industry structures and constraints.


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