New Members Thank you to new Petroleum Council members: Basin Safety Consulting • Studer Environmental • Husch Blackwell LLP

ND Oil Activity Preliminary production numbers for October 2016 are 1,043,207 (all-time high was December 2014) from 13,457 (NEW all-time high) wells and 1,715,487 (NEW all-time high) of natural gas. Bakken natural gas captured rate was 85 percent. There are currently 41 rigs active in the state.

Mark Your Calendar – The 2017 schedule of events has been released. Please add the following NDPC events to your calendar:

  • March 7: Legislative Social – National Energy Center of Excellence, Bismarck, ND
  • May 18: ND Oil PAC Sporting Clays Event – Capitol City Sporting Clays, Bismarck, ND
  • June 15: Denver Social – Brown Palace, Denver, CO
  • June 19-22: NDPC Teacher Seminar – Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
  • July 18: Bakken Rocks CookFest – Westhope, ND
  • July 19: Oil Can! Fishing Tournament – Four Bears Marina, New Town, ND
  • July 20: Bakken Rocks CookFest – Medora, ND
  • August 23: ND Oil PAC Golf Tournament – Bully Pulpit, Medora, ND
  • September 26-28: NDPC Annual Meeting – Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND

More information will be available on each event as the date approaches at and

NDPC Legislative Committee – The NDPC Legislative Committee will meet at the Petroleum Council office in Bismarck and via conference call each Friday from 4-5 p.m. Central time during the 2017 North Dakota Legislative Session. The 2017 Session will begin January 4 and continue for 80 legislative days, likely wrapping up near the end of April. We encourage your participation and support as we approach a likely interesting legislative session. The purpose and goal of the NDPC Legislative Committee is to review, analyze and recommend positions on legislative bills and related issues to the NDPC Executive Committee. The NDPC Executive Committee will have final decision making authority on NDPC’s position on legislative bills and actions. To sign up for the legislative committee, please email Alexis at Legislative reports will be sent to NDPC membership every Friday afternoon during the session.

Thank you, Brittany –Membership Manager Brittany Rud is no longer with NDPC. Thank you, Brittany, for your nearly five years of service! Please contact if you need assistance with anything Brittany had been handling.

Fund to Support Local Law Enforcement Created In order to say thank you local law enforcement and help reduce the financial burden that area farmers, ranchers, national guardsmen and regional law enforcement entities have incurred related to are protests, the ‘Morton County Heroes Fund’ has been established. The fund will be managed by a board consisting of Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmens Association Executive Director; Mary Graner, area rancher; and Dawn Rhone, Morton County Auditor. For more information or to contribute, please visit

NDPC Mingle & Jingle held – Thanks to all NDPC members who attended the Mingle & Jingle social on December 8. A great time was had by all, and Lori Yantzer of the Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau was the winner of the Bakken basket door prize (pictured at right). Congratulations, Lori!

Pipeline Safety Compliance Training – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) Transportation Safety Institute conducts Pipeline Safety Compliance Training specially designed for the energy industry.  This course will familiarize participants with US DOT pipeline safety regulations and acute, critical, and serious safety violations.  This course is designed to assist pipeline safety personnel with fewer than 10 years industry experience.  If you are responsible for oversight of pipeline safety and regulatory compliance, this course will be invaluable to your success.  Upcoming trainings are listed below:

2017 Pipeline Safety Compliance Training – Liquid (3.5 days) $1895

January 10-13, 2017            Oklahoma City, OK

Click here to register.

2017 Pipeline Safety Compliance Training – Gas (3.5 days) $1895

February 7-10, 2017            Oklahoma City, OK

Click here to register.

2017 Pipeline Safety Compliance Training – Liquid (3.5 days) $1895

March 6-9                            Alva, OK

Click here to register.

Contact Information: Email at or call (405) 954-5898.

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.


Oil & Gas Hearing Schedule
January 18-19, 2017 July 26-27, 2017
February 22-23, 2017 August 23-24, 2017
March 22-23, 2017 September 20-21, 2017
April 26-27, 2017 October 18-19, 2017
May 24-25, 2017 November 15-16, 2017
June 28-29, 2017 December 13-14, 2017