September E-News: WBPC Registration Schedule Released & More


New NDPC Members

Welcome and thank you to our newest members:
ND Energy  |  R&R Contracting, Inc.  |  RimRock Oil & Gas LP  |  S2K Partners, LLC  |  TEK Industries  |  WSB and Associates

July Preliminary Production

OIL PRODUCTION:  1,047,526 bbls/day (all time high was Dec. 2014)

(new preliminary all time high)

GAS CAPTURE RATE:  89% Bakken gas
(90% Non-FBIR; 82% FBIR Bakken)

WELL COUNT:  13,981 (new high)

RIG COUNT:  56 active on average in August



The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) will host its 36th Annual Meeting on Sept. 26-28, 2017, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Industry leaders and decision-makers in the Bakken will convene to present the latest in oil and gas recovery and transportation, technological advancements and efficiencies, and the outlook for production in 2018 and beyond.

The meeting will host more than 20 distinguished panelists and speakers, including business leaders, innovators, regulators and policymakers. Keynote speakers include Vincent DeVito, Counselor on Energy Policy for the U.S. Department of Interior; Stephen Moore, author, FOX News commentator, Heritage Foundation economist and policy advisor for President Donald Trump; and Helen Currie, senior economist for ConocoPhillips.

“The industry is entering a new era in which domestic energy production will be welcomed as an engine for economic development and enhanced energy security,” said Ron Ness, president of the NDPC. “We are thrilled to welcome not one, but two advisers to President Trump’s administration to our annual meeting and look forward to hearing more about that vision.”

This year, the NDPC is also introducing its new Membership Excellence Awards and will recognize three companies that have distinguished themselves as leaders in safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement. The NDPC will also recognize this year’s Distinguished Industry Leader, Outstanding Public Servant and Hall of Fame Inductee.



President Trump once again paid a visit to Bismarck-Mandan, using the Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) Refinery as his backdrop for a speech on comprehensive tax reform. Trump greeted more than 500 people who attended the event, including several refinery employees.

“North Dakota is an inspiring example of the amazing things that are possible when we unleash the genius of American innovators,” said Trump. “Today, families have new jobs and new hope because of the vast energy wealth that you brought to life right here. You understand the vital truth: Washington has no right to shut down energy production because America’s energy wealth doesn’t belong to the government, it belongs to the people.”

Trump’s boasted efforts by his administration to reduce regulatory burden on industry and business and also announced plans to simplify the tax code, cut taxes for middle class families and reduce the burdens on American businesses to allow them to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild our American cities and towns.


The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, the largest oil and gas conference focused exclusively on the Bakken, will return to Bismarck in 2018. The event, which draws has historically drawn as many as 4,200 people, will be held May 22-24, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center.

Room blocks will open October 1 and registration for the conference will open to past sponsors and exhibitors beginning October 31 pursuant the following schedule:

OCT 31     Registration opens to past Bakken Strong sponsors

NOV 02    Registration opens to past Bakken Gold sponsors

NOV 07    Registration opens to past Diamond sponsors

NOV 09    Registration opens to past Platinum, Silver & Bronze sponsors

NOV 14    Registration opens to past exhibitors

DEC 12     Registration opens to everyone

For more information about the conference, visit


NDPC Annual Meeting

There is still time to register for the NDPC’s 36th Annual Meeting in Grand Forks. Network with peers and hear from industry’s leading experts.

NDPC Christmas Social

The NDPC will host its Annual Christmas Social in Bismarck on December 7, 2017. 


The 26th Annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference will be held May 22-24, 2018 in Bismarck.


The NDPC is seeking photographs to be considered for our official 2018 Membership Photo. The image that is chosen will be displayed in the NDPC’s office in Bismarck, featured on our Annual Report and mailed to each of our 500 members for their official membership plaque.*

If you have a photo that shows our industry at work or from a new perspective, please email them by November 1 to Tessa Sandstrom at

*Any submitted photos will not be used for any other purpose without prior permission.

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The NDPC hosted FLIR Training & Certification September 11-15, 2017, at WBI Energy headquarters training room in Bismarck. There were 35 participants from 24 different companies from 6 different states who attended the classes.

The NDPC negotiated a 50 percent discount for the certification, which is the same as that obtained by the North Dakota Department of Health field inspectors. The classes were started as an effort to help companies use the technology in finding and addressing fugitive emission, helping the industry meet both environmental and safety goals.

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

October 18-19, 2017

August 23-24, 2017

November 15-16, 2017

September 20-21, 2017

December 13-14, 2017

For more information on any of these issues or to be removed from the mailing list, contact the North Dakota Petroleum Council at (701) 223-6380,, or see

NDPC Events

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

  • September 26-28: NDPC Annual Meeting – Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND | More info
  • December 7:  NDPC Mingle and Jingle Christmas Social – NDPC Office, Bismarck, ND
  • May 22-24, 2018: Williston Basin Petroleum Conference – Bismarck Event Center