Did you miss NWLA’s Troy Coons, Chairman, and Representative Alisa Mitskog, District 25, on the Scott Hennen “What’s On Your Mind?” radio show?  Listen HERE for a recording of the March 20, 2017 show.


On March 10th, 2017, Northwest Landowners Association held a wind farm and transmission educational meeting for area landowners in Powers Lake. There was information given by NWLA and the Baumstark Braaten Law Firm. With over 30 attendees, NWLA fielded questions ranging from transmission line concerns, values of easements, and end-of-life for wind turbines reclamation. Time was also given to many long-term concerns that should be addressed within an easement and forming working groups for negotiations.



Did you miss NWLA on the Scott Hennen “What’s On Your Mind?” radio show?  Listen HERE for a recording of the February 6th show where Troy Coons, Chairman of NWLA, discussed SB 2332, HERE for a recording of the February 13th show where HB 1151 is discussed, HERE for a recording of the February 27th show where NWLA’s Annual Meeting was recapped, HERE for a recording of the March 6th show where HB 1151 is further discussed, and HERE for a recording of the March 13th show where the recent wind farm and transmission line meeting in Powers Lake was discussed.


Northwest Landowners Association’s leadership has been busy these last few weeks in Bismarck at the legislative session continuing to advocate for landowners.  Specifically, here is a list of legislation currently being pursued. Please click on the bill number to be linked to the appropriate bill status.

  • HB 1026 : NWLA provided input and served on the working group that has crafted this legislation. The bill will improve the process by which land with underground facilities is surveyed and excavated.  It allows for a complete redesign of the One-Call system that reduces marking and assigns responsibility for clean up.  NWLA is in support of this legislation.
  • HB 1151: The “Spill Bill” would no longer require companies to report spills of crude oil, produced water, or natural gas that are contained to a well site or production location and are less than 10 barrels (420 gallons).  The current rule is to report spills of 1 barrel or more.  NWLA is NOT in support of this legislation.
  • SB 2225:  The “No Trespass Bill” refers to criminal trespass and hunting on private land. With successful passage, this bill would consider all private land as posted.   NWLA is in support of this legislation.
  • SB 2236 : This legislation would make permanent the Ombudsman Program, which was established in the 2015 Legislative Session through a bill that NWLA championed. NWLA is in support of this legislation.
  • SB 2331 : The “Sampling Bill” relates to the protection of groundwater and other responsibilities of a mineral developer.  It would require that soils be sampled on oil and gas sites to provide a background record for spill cleanup.  NWLA is in support of this legislation. 
  • SB 2332:  This bill is to allow for just compensation for property taken through eminent domain. NWLA is in support of this legislation.
  • SB 2333: This legislation refers to the reclamation and remediation of any land disturbed by construction of well sites, treating plants, saltwater handling facilities, access roads, underground gathering pipelines and associated facilities.  It states that the land shall be reclaimed as close as practicable to its original condition as it existed before the construction of the well site or other disturbance.   NWLA is in support of this legislation.
  • SB 2047: This legislation would amend the current procedures of eminent domain for water resource boards. Among other amendments, it would require that county governments vote upon the eminent domain proceedings, allow landowners to testify regarding their individual circumstances, and require that only projects receiving legislative funding would be allowed to utilize eminent domain.  NWLA is in support of this legislation.
Additionally, NWLA is working with the Agriculture Commission and Public Service Commission for amendments to their budgets to allow for studies of reclamation standards and long-term wind farm impacts, respectively.

While the leadership of NWLA will continue to work hard to advocate for landowners, it is important that your local representatives hear from YOU regarding this legislation.  To find your local legislator, you can click HERE.  If you would like assistance writing letters or emails of support to your representatives, please contact Megan (megan@strengthennd.com) and she will help you.

If you have any questions or are in any way interested in participating in NWLA’s advocacy efforts, whether by providing evidence or testimony, please contact Troy Coons, Chairman, at 701-721-4258.  It takes the input and efforts of many in order to enact true change for landowners in North Dakota.



Did you miss NWLA on the Scott Hennen “What’s On Your Mind?” radio show?  Listen HERE for a recording of the January 30th show.



Last week, NWLA was at the KMOT Ag Show! Many people attended the show and discussed landowner issues such as eminent domain, pipeline easements, trespass legislation, wind farms, and the impending Cenex pipeline.


On Tuesday, December 5th, the leadership of NWLA braved the poor weather to attend the Legislative Rule Making Committee meeting with the Department of Mineral Resources. Here are the results of that meeting: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/or27865.pdf

Additionally, the leadership met with members of the Public Service Commission, Department of Mineral Resources, and local Senators and Representatives about the upcoming legislative session.

Finally, members of NWLA attended the ND Township Officers Association meeting to discuss overlapping legislative and rule issues.


After 2 years of negotiations with the ND Department of Health, NWLA and other stakeholders have come to an agreement on guidelines for saltwater spill remediation. The guidelines can be found below. This is a huge victory for NWLA and landowners as the establishment of saltwater remediation guidelines advances the protection of soil, water, and private property rights in ND.


Areas impacting remediation that have been written within the guidelines include re-vegetation, long-term liabilities, relationships of soil factors, and the stakeholders involved with the remediation process. The guidelines also require landowners to be continually updated throughout the remediation process. The goal of the remediation guidelines is to return damaged soil to pre-damage condition, meaning that landowners will be able to sow and harvest the same crops after the spill as they were before the spill.


Northwest Landowners Association was a presenter at the ND Soils Conference in Medora on Tuesday, June 14th, and spoke about the importance of bringing soils that were impacted by oil activity back to background status.  Below are pictures from our presentation!



The Northwest Landowners Association works to obtain fair and equitable compensation for landowners in North Dakota and to ensure the sustainability of our precious land for generations to come, a point of view elegantly stated by a former North Dakota governor in the following prose…

When the Landscape is Quiet Again

We do not want to halt progress; we do not plan to be selfish and say “North Dakota will not share its energy resource.” No, we simply want to insure the most efficient and environmentally sound method of utilizing our precious coal and water resources for the benefit of the broadest number of people possible.

And when we are through with that and the landscape is quiet again, when the draglines, the blasting rigs, the power shovels and the huge gondolas cease to rip and roar, and when the last bulldozer has pushed the last spoil pile into place, and the last patch of barren earth has been seeded to grass or grain, let those who follow and repopulate the land be able to say “Our grandparents did their job well. The land is as good and, in some cases, better than before.”

Only if they can say this will we be worthy of the rich heritage of our land and its resources.

Governor Arthur A. Link — October 11, 1973