MONTHLY E-NEWS  |  August 2017

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New NDPC Members

Welcome and thank you to our newest members:
Bruin E&P Operating, LLC  |  Camex Equipment Sales and Rentals, Inc. |  L6NRG, LLC  |  MHA Energy |  Shawcor-Composite Production Systems 


June Preliminary Production

OIL PRODUCTION:  1,032,495 bbls/day (all time high was Dec. 2014)

GAS PRODUCTION:  1,849,807 MCFD (all time high was May 2017)

GAS CAPTURE RATE:  89% Bakken gas
(91% non-FBIR Bakken; 79% FBIR Bakken)

WELL COUNT:  13,915 (new high)

RIG COUNT:  55 active on average




NDPC Annual Meeting Agenda Set 

Registration is open for the NDPC’s 36th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Grand Forks September 26-28. The meeting features another great line-up of guests and speakers, including Stephen Moore, who has served as a senior economic advisor to President Trump, as well as a member of the Trump Economic Council, a Chief economist at the Heritage Foundation and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and FOX News. Moore, who focuses on budget, fiscal and monetary policy, will present on how the American energy renaissance will lead to U.S. energy dominance by 2020.

This year’s meeting will also feature industry leaders who will touch on the latest technological advancements taking place in the Bakken and current state or regulatory affairs for the oil and gas industry.

New to this year’s meeting will be the inaugural year of the NDPC Membership Awards, which will honor three companies or individuals for their achievements in safety, environment and community engagement. The NDPC will also honor this year’s Hall of Fame inductee and present awards to this year’s Outstanding Public Service and Distinguished Leadership recipients.

Don’t miss out on the North Dakota oil and gas industry’s biggest networking event!






Crescent Point Energy  |  Grand Forks CVB  |  Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.  |  Petro-Hunt, LLC  |  WPX Energy  |  XTO Energy, Inc.


ConocoPhillips  |  Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation  |  Marathon Oil Company  |  QEP Resources Inc.  |  Whiting Petroleum


Crestwood Equity Partners LP  |  EOG Resources Inc.  |  Imperial Oil of North Dakota Inc.  |   Knapp Oil Corporation  |  Neset Consulting Service



NDPC meets with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

NDPC President Ron Ness joined Gov. Doug Burgum, Sen. John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer in Grand Forks on August 9 to meet  with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. The meeting highlighted North Dakota leading the way in energy independence and environmental stewardship through innovation.

The group discussed efforts to restore a federalism approach to regulation in rolling back overreaching rules from the past Administration and enacting states-first, pro-jobs policies. They also heard from experts in the energy field who are actively testing and developing new technologies to produce American energy more efficiently. Pruitt’s visit included a tour of the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC).

Ness also had the opportunity to meet his team. Pruitt indicated he would soon be making his first appointment of a Regional Director with other names, including that of Region 8, to follow.


COMMUNITY CORNER:  Liberty builds stakeholder relationships

Building community relationships continues to be an important part of the industry’s relations. Last month, Liberty Resources and Liberty Midstream Solutions hosted more than 200 land and mineral owners for a Community Appreciation BBQ. The event, which was focused on strengthening ties with the local community, offered tours of well locations, salt water disposal wells and the company’s County Line Gas Plant. Attendees learned about the companies’ efforts to reduce road congestions through the use of gas and water gathering lines; improved wellhead footprint through implementation of jet pumps; and, the companies’ partnership with a local utility company to improve reliability.



NDPC and ONEOK host McKenzie County Employee Appreciation Luncheon

NDPC and ONEOK partnered to host about 150 McKenzie County employees for lunch as a thank you for their service to and support of North Dakota’s oil industry. The luncheon also provided an opportunity for further engagement and sharing of information with employees, including demonstrations from the Alexander Public School STEM program, which was funded by the ONEOK Community Investment Foundation. In addition, county commissioners participated in a tour of a ONEOK gas plant.

Despite many county employees and civic leaders living in the midst of oil and gas activity for the past decade, very few have had the opportunity to tour sites or attend information sessions to learn more about oil and gas operations. The Appreciation Luncheon was an excellent avenue to provide those opportunities and are events that the NDPC and its members intends to host in other counties in the future.


Don’t Miss This Marketing Opportunity!

Seeking Prize Donations for ND Oil PAC Golf Tournaments 

The ND OilPAC Golf Tournament may be full, but there is still time to get your name and brand in front of 144 golfers. The NDPC is still seeking prize donations and hole sponsors. Contact Tiffany Steiner at 701.223.6380 or today to learn how you can get involved.





Oil PAC Golf at Bully Pulpit

The Oil PAC Golf tourney scheduled for August 23, 2017 is full, but you may still register to be placed on the waiting list.



2017 Annual Meeting in Grand Forks 

Registration is open for the NDPC Annual Meeting to be held in Grand Forks on September 26-28, 2017.



FLIR Certification Course

An Optical Gas Imaging using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) will be held Sept. 11-15 with an opportunity to be certified through the ND Dept. of Health at a 50% discount.



Save the Date: 2018 WBPC

The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference returns to Bismarck May 22-24, 2018.  Registration will open early 2018. Watch for more info!



North Dakota Oil PAC

As we move into the 2017-2018 legislative interim, it is important we begin looking forward to the 2018 elections. The North Dakota Oil PAC was formed in 1981, and has since helped elect many candidates who support the oil and gas industry and work to create and maintain a positive business climate in North Dakota.

Please consider supporting the North Dakota Oil PAC through a personal contribution. It is imperative that we continue to support candidates who support our industry. The last few years brought a fast pace and record-breaking numbers, but times have changed. Spills, flaring and negative media headlines continue to drive the conversation and spur a want for reactionary regulation in challenging economic conditions. We were successful over the course of the 2017 Legislative Session, and an administration change in Washington, D.C. has brought about renewed optimism for our industry. Continuing to providing campaign support to strong candidates will help ensure that business-friendly candidates are elected to office, and make business-friendly, fact-based decisions.

Please consider contributing to the ND Oil PAC at one of the following levels:

  • $350 and above: Bakken Gold Oil PAC Director – Voting member and listed as a sponsor for all remaining 2017 ND Oil PAC Events.
  • $200 – $349: Oil PAC Director – A voting member of the ND Oil PAC.
  • $50 – $199: Contributor – We appreciate your support. There are no reporting requirements for contributions less than $200.

Contributions can be made online at or by mailing a check to ND Oil PAC, PO Box 1395, Bismarck ND 58502. As a reminder, CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

We urge you to support your industry and the North Dakota Oil PAC with a contribution. Please share this information with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to support the ND Oil PAC as well. We can only accept contributions from U.S. citizens. Thank you.


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Congratulations to this year’s Sporting Clays Winners

Anthony Aderhold, Vice President of Business Development for Black Bear Resources, and ND State Senator Don Schaible, ND Representative Jim Schmidt, and ND Representative Jeff Delzer (pictured with Ron Ness) won the ND Oil PAC Sporting Clay Shoot held at Capital City Sporting Clays near Bismarck in May.

Congrats and thanks to all who came out to participate!


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.

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NDPA Monthly Update – View the North Dakota Pipeline Authority’s monthly update here.


NDIC Oil & Gas Hearing Schedule

August 22, 2017

September 29, 2017

October 24, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 19, 2017

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NDPC Events

Save the date for the last few NDPC events this year!

  • August 23: ND Oil PAC Golf Tournament – Bully Pulpit, Medora, ND  | More info
  • September 26-28: NDPC Annual Meeting – Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND | More info
  • May 22-24, 2018: Williston Basin Petroleum Conference – Bismarck Event Center