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 will be made available to the public soon and will be provided to all NWLA members. 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.


NWLA will be hosting a Land Use Plan Workshop in cooperation with the Budd-Falen Law Offices on November 16th, 2016 at the Grand Hotel in Minot. Karen Budd-Falen will lead the workshop that is specifically meant for county government officials. With her work at Budd-Falen Law Offices, Karen represents private property owners, ranching and farming organizations, and local governments. She has assisted local governments in asserting their rights of cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions and private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights.

If developing local land use plans is of interest to you, register today to reserve your spot in the workshop! The cost to attend is $95 per person if you register before November 1st, and $115 for late registrations after November 1st. For more information on the workshop or to register, please contact Megan Laudenschlager at


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The Executive Director of Northwest Landowners Association plays a critical role in the responsible development of resources in North Dakota.  This position will be a part-time position, with typical weekly hours ranging between 10-30.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Association’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. In addition to the goals outlined above, operational responsibility includes the annual expo, informational town halls, budget management, website maintenance, and member relationships.  Click here for a full description of the position’s responsibilities.

For more information or to apply, please contact Megan at (701) 303-0840.


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!



On May 24th, members of the NWLA Board of Directors provided Doug Burgum and his campaign team with a tour of legacy well sites and spill sites around the Kenmare and Westhope areas.



Northwest Landowners Association has continued to be involved in and monitor the rulemaking that is happening with the Department of Mineral Resources.  The North Dakota Industrial Commission and Department of Mineral Resources, Oil & Gas Division, held a series of four public hearings in Dickinson, Williston, Bismarck, and Minot to gather public input regarding the proposed changes to the administrative code. Below you will find Northwest Landowners Association’s written response to the proposed changes as well as Troy Coons’ (Chairman of NWLA) testimony from the April 14th public hearing in Minot and the compiled written responses from the public.  For more information on all of the proposed rule changes and audio from the public hearings, please head to the Department of Mineral Resources website at:


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