The Capitol catches the drift
From the Great Hall of the Capitol, looking south, a five-foot drift lays against the windows.

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WDEA and AE2S release 6-city economic forecast

Cities in North Dakota’s oil-producing counties added infrastructure to accommodate expected growth as the industry recovers from the downturn in oil prices.  Shawn Gaddie, project manager for AE2S Nexus (photo right) told legislators that as drilling and production activity pick up, more growth will strain the ability of cities to keep pace with needs of a growing population. That’s the key takeaway from a Six-City Study completed by AE2S Nexus on behalf of the Western Dakota Energy Association.

At the tail end of a slow-down, an impending and likely oil price recovery will continue to place significant demands on the six cities studied, with each still facing aggressive population growth under a moderate oil price recovery scenario.

Click here to see the overview

Click here to view the slide presentation of the 6-city economic forecast

  Oil Spill Reporting Under Review

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Representative Roscoe Streyle, (R-Minot), introduced legislation to reduce the reporting requirements for oil spills contained on a well pad. Currently, all spills of one barrel or more must be reported to state regulators. Streyle believes that’s too low.

Click here to read the text of the bill

ND Legislature Will Be Asked to Remove Higher Tax Trigger on Oil

North Dakota lawmakers will consider repealing a state law that would “trigger” higher taxes if oil prices rise above $90 per barrel. The provision was enacted during the 2015 session, at the same time lawmakers removed another trigger that would reduce taxes when oil prices drop.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, explained the bill to WDEA Executive Director Geoff Simon in this soundbite:

Click here to listen to Rep Carlson's comments on the bill

Click here to read the bill text

Williston crew camp could become hotel

Target Logistics and Lodging Solutions will be trying on a new hat following the city commission’s unanimous decision to rezone the property on Tuesday, allowing them to pursue plans of joining ranks with area hoteliers.

Member's Voice: Renville County fights the snow fight

Like many North Dakota Counties, Renville County is paying out a significant amount of overtime pay to its road crew. County Auditor LeeAnn Pollman said the county's operators of its blades and trucks are working non-stop when the weather permits. "They're giving as much as they can," she said. "Now we have to find places to put the snow."

Read more about Renville County snow and melting predictions here

WDEA seeks branding and
marketing proposals

The Western Dakota Energy Association (formerly the ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties) requests written qualification proposals from interested firms with Marketing/Advertising capabilities for the award of a Branding and Marketing Agreement.  Services included in the agreement include but are not limited to developing branding, marketing strategies, and developing creative products for the WDEA and the Uniform County Truck Permit System.  Services shall be provided in accordance with a negotiated contract.

Contact Janet Sanford, WDEA Permit Operator at for a proposer’s packet.

Proposals will be received by WDEA, at 9402 Island Rd, Bismarck, ND  58503 or by email at by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Other news of interest

Upcoming Events
January 23, 2017
 Southwest Night at the Legislature
Ramkota, Bismarck

January 23, 2017
WDEA Executive Committee meeting

March 7, 2017
North Dakota Petroleum Council Legislative Social
  BSC NECE, Bismarck

May 2-4, 2017
Williston Basin Petroleum Conference Regina, SK, Canada

Oil prices and rig count
January 13, 2015

WTI Crude: $52.49
                                                   Brent Crude: $55.54
                                                 Natural Gas: $3.41

              North Dakota  Active Drills: 36 (Down 3)        1/13/16 -- 51 rigs

Geoff Simon
Editor/Executive Director

Mike Kopp, Editor
Mike Kopp, Mykuhls Photography, Photographs
Western Dakota Energy Association