Oil Development & Issues
North Dakota has an abundance of natural resources and is a leading producer of several commodities for our nation, including oil.
The state has always been an agricultural state and is a leading producer of several commodities, including barley, beans, canola, flaxseed, honey, peas and wheat. Although North Dakota has been an oil-producing state since 1951, it has only been within the last decade that the state has grown to become the second largest oil producer in the nation thanks to technological advancements and innovations that have unlocked the Bakken Shale Formation.
Over these past several years, both industry and state leaders have been working to ensure the state can balance its agricultural history and outdoors heritages with the safe and responsible development of our oil and natural gas resources. From the permitting and siting of a well to its transport to market, every aspect of oil and gas development is strictly regulated, and industry and the state remained committed to using sensible regulations and boundless innovation to address any new challenges as they arise.