Williston Basin Petroleum Conference Announces Keynotes, Speaker Line-Up for its 2018 Conference


Bismarck, N.D. – The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, the largest oil and gas conference focused on the Williston Basin and the Bakken, today announced its keynotes and headlining speakers. The conference will be held May 22-24, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, ND.

The WBPC will feature a lineup of more than 40 speakers and presenters, each sharing their insights on the latest issues impacting oil and natural gas development and what the future holds for the Williston Basin. The conference’s extensive speaker line-up includes: J.C. Watts, former U.S. Congressman (R-OK) and now chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies; Miss America Cara Mund; Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources; Greg Hill, president and COO for Hess Corporation; Brad Holly, CEO for Whiting Petroleum; Don Hrap, President of the Lower 48 for ConocoPhillips; Thomas Nusz, CEO for Oasis Petroleum; Mark Pearson, President and CEO for Liberty Resources; Jack Stark, President, Continental Resources; and, other key decision makers and industry experts. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has also been invited to speak.

“The WBPC is the most important conference focused on oil and natural gas development in the state and especially the Bakken and Three Forks,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC), the lead organizer of this year’s conference. “The technologies that helped turn the Bakken into the world-class resource that it is today were discussed here, and the technologies and topics that are discussed this year will help take the Bakken and Williston Basin to the next level.”

The Conference agenda will look closely at big picture trends, including natural gas capture and infrastructure, Williston Basin breakthrough technologies, energy markets, potential untapped formations, the regulatory environment, and more. Panel topics include:

  • Regulation: New Day – Better Way
  • Williston Basin Breakthrough Technologies
  • Marketing Bakken Oil to the World
  • Investor and Markets Session
  • Williston Basin Optimization
  • Untapped Unconventional Potential: Williston Basin’s Multi-Zone Geology
  • CEO Perspective: What’s Next for the Williston Basin


The conference, which attracted about 2,500 attendees when it was last held in Bismarck in 2016, also hosts a trade show with more than 270 booths and a Core Workshop that includes collections from the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library located on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, ND. The library contains more than 150,000 boxes of core and samples from wells throughout North Dakota and served as a critical resource for early Bakken developers. The workshop will be held May 22, 2018 in the Bismarck Event Center and costs $125 to attend.

Additional speakers will be announced in coming weeks to round out the WBPC agenda. For more information, visit www.wbpcnd.org.



About the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference: The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is the premier oil and natural gas conference focused on the Williston Basin and the Bakken and brings together key decision makers and industry experts to spur the progress and future development of this world-class resource. The conference alternates between North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada every other year and is sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources and Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre. For more information and to register, visit www.wbpcnd.org.