November E-News

New Members Thank you to new Petroleum Council members: Storbakken & Sons Construction, Inc. • Riverbend Oil & Gas • Brosz Engineering, Inc.

ND Oil Activity Preliminary production numbers for September 2016 are 971,658 (all-time high was December 2014) from 13,367 (NEW all-time high) wells and 1,611,836 MCFD (all-time high was March 2016) of natural gas. Bakken natural gas captured rate was 89 percent. There are currently 37 rigs active in the state.

NDPC Members Partner with Toys for Tots, Area Food Pantries in Fuel Food and Fun Drive – The North Dakota Petroleum Council and its members are partnering with Toys for Tots and area food pantries to host the Third Annual Fuel Food and Fun Drive. The charitable drive, which starts today, will help collect toys and nonperishable food items for the holiday season.

“Our members and their employees continue to pool their time, money and other resources to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Tessa Sandstrom, communications director for the NDPC. “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to work with charities each year to help collect vital resources and toys and spread the spirit of giving and joy this holiday season.”

The drive continues to be a success, helping collect more than 5,000 pounds of food and more than 800 toys since its inauguration. Two companies that collect the most food items will also win $1,000 for the charities of their choice. The NDPC has given $6,000 to charities since starting its charitable campaigns, which include a winter clothing drive, the food and toy drive and a blood drive.

Companies may participate in the Fuel Food and Fun Drive by contacting Sandstrom at For more information and to see who is participating, visit

The Fuel Food and Fun Drive is the first joint event organized by the NDPC Community Outreach Committee, which was formed to work together to make a stronger positive impact in North Dakota communities. To learn more about the committee, its members, and the Food and Fun Drive, visit

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

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.

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

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

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
December 14-15, 2016 January 18-19, 2017