2018 Brine Spill Discussions
Energy Development and Transmission Committee Hearings
Annual Meeting – December 2, 2017
NWLA will host their Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 2nd, as an opportunity for its members and the general public to learn more about landowner issues. The Annual Meeting will be held at the Mountrail County South Complex in Stanley from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will feature MSU President, Dr. Steve Shirley, a fifth generation North Dakotan. The Annual Meeting is free to all NWLA members and $10 for non-members with a free lunch being served. There will be an election for open board member positions.
Land Use Plan Workshop December 6, 2017
As a way to further our mission, NWLA will be hosting a Land Use Plan Workshop in cooperation with the Budd-Falen Law Offices on December 6, 2017 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, ND. 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. Supporting the development of local land use plans is an activity that Budd-Falen specializes in.
If developing a local land use plans is of interest to you, register today to reserve your spot in the workshop! The cost to attend is $115 per person. For more information on the workshop, please contact Amy Shelton, email@example.com . Book your hotel room at the Grand Hotel, in Minot, by calling (800) 735-4493.
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Find Out If the Spill on Your Land Was Reported
June 22, 2017 – If you have experienced a spill of any kind on your land, it is very simple to verify the spill has been reported with the North Dakota Department of Health. Follow this link to the North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health page and select from General Environmental Incidents of Oilfield Environmental Incidents.
If you have any questions about finding information regarding a spill on your land, Amy is more than happy to help you navigate the North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health website. Contact Amy at 701-721-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWLA Testifies at the Ward County Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
May 18, 2017 – Troy Coons, NWLA Chairman, gave testimony in opposition of the Ward County right of ways policy currently being reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Click HERE for the link to the resolution the NWLA Board of Directors presented to the Ward County Planning and Zoning Commission.
To read more details on the policy and current issue, read the full article from the Minot Daily News here.
NDSU Extension Service Brine Spill Café Talk in Stanley
April 27, 2017 – The third and final NDSU Brine Spill Café Talk was held in Stanley, ND this morning. This meeting was the largest of all 3 meetings, with 35 people in attendance. There was representation from several landowners, large oil companies, PhD students, NDSU employees, and many NWLA board members. The conversation was educational in regards to various remediation options for a brine spill; such as using gypsum or the scoop and haul method. Landowners who experience a brine spill on their land are encouraged to obtain a soil sample, of non-contaminated soil near the spill, for reference of levels the soil needs to be remediated to. Here is a Remediation Resource Manual the Northwest Landowners Association were instrumental in developing.
NDSU Extension Service urged landowners to let them know if there is any way they can help with brine spill education or research; this is one of the main reasons for hosting the Brine Spill Café Talks. You can contact Miranda Meehan PhD, Ext. Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist, at email@example.com with any questions about the research their conducting.
The Northwest Landowners Association are proud to sponsor events, such as these, to continue educating landowners of North Dakota. We strive to help landowners address concerns they may have, and we plan to host more round table discussions throughout ND this Fall. If you have any concerns you wish to contact NWLA about, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy, NWLA Exec. Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our board members listed HERE.
Farm Credit Services Awards Northwest Landowners Association $50,000
Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that it has awarded the Northwest Landowners Association $50,000 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grant Fund (RCGF). The grant funds have allowed the Northwest Landowners Association to fill the much needed Executive Director position.
Troy Coons, of the Northwest Landowners Association, is pleased to accept the check and utilize the grant funds towards hiring an Executive Director. “The grant funds come at a critical time in our organization; a time of transition when we need an Executive Director to help grow our membership and take our organization to the next level to better serve our members,” says Coons.
“Farm Credit is pleased to provide grant funds to the Northwest Landowners Association,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. The organization is strong in its efforts to help landowners in local rural communities impacted by oil exploration and Farm Credit feels strongly that it’s important to give back to the local communities. “The responsibilities and pressures of landowners have significantly increased and we are excited to help support their needs,” Sem adds.
Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and AgriBank, established the Rural Community Grant Fund to assist in the implementation and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota which have been impacted by mineral exploration.
The Rural Community Grant Fund is currently accepting applications for future funding requests. Interested parties can apply at www.farmcreditnd.com.
Pictured left to right: Bryan Ankenbauer, Farm Credit Services and NWLA board member; Amy Shelton, NWLA Executive Director; Galen Peterson, NWLA Secretary; Troy Coons, NWLA Chairman; Dave King, NWLA Vice Chairman; Rollin Tonneson, Farm Credit Services board member; Claude Sem, Farm Credit Services CEO.
NDSU Extension Service Brine Spill Café Talk in Killdeer
April 18, 2017 – Today NWLA Executive Director, Amy Shelton, made the beautiful drive to Killdeer for the second talk on produced salt water spills in North Dakota. 15 people attended this meeting from all different industries; including several large oil companies, Dunn County Forest Services, a representative from Senator Heitkamp’s office, Dunn County Commissioner, and Dunn County Emergency Manager.
Denise Brew, Dunn Co. Emergency Manager, stated during the meeting, there have been more spills so far this year than days of the year. However, she said spills have been cleaned up immediately; with the most common for of remediation being the scoop and haul option.
The slow down in the oil industry has been welcomed by landowners in Dunn County, as this has given them the opportunity to “catch up”. Landowners expressed the need for better lines of communication between themselves and the oil companies when a spill occurs.
The NWLA encourages landowners to communicate with each other about happenings in the area, and keep an eye out for any spills that may occur. It is very important to report the spill immediately and take pictures for your records.
The third and final Brine Spill Café Talk will be held on April 27, in Stanley from 9-11AM.
NDSU Extension Service Brine Spill Café Talk in Crosby
April 13, 2017 – Today several of the NWLA board members attended a Brine Spill Café Talk, in Crosby, put on by the NDSU Extension Service.
During this open conversation between landowners and soil specialist; we discussed the severity of brine spills, what a landowner can do if they see a brine spill on their property, and the different means of reclamation used after a spill. NDSU Extension Services and the NWLA urges all landowners to report spills of any size immediately, and to take pictures of the spill site.
View the story from KX News here.
If you are interested in learning more about brine spills; join us for another Brine Spill Café Talk in Killdeer on April 18, 1-3pm, or in Stanley on April 27, 9-11am.
NWLA HOSTS LANDOWNER MEETING IN POWERS LAKE!
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.
NWLA AT THE KMOT AG SHOW!
IT HAS BEEN A BUSY WEEK FOR NWLA!
NWLA PRESENTS AT ND SOILS CONFERENCE IN MEDORA
Northwest Landowners Association was a presenter at the ND Soils Conference in Medora on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, and spoke about the importance of bringing soils that were impacted by oil activity back to background status. Below are pictures from our presentation!
NORTHWEST LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION HOSTED INFORMATIONAL SESSION WITH FRANK FALEN & KAREN BUDD-FALEN!
On Monday, April 4th, 2016, we had the great opportunity to hear from Frank Falen and Karen Budd-Falen. Karen’s discussion centered around the power of local Land Use Plans and the new designation of Critical Habitat for endangered species. Both of these highly impact landowners. Below are listed some supplemental resources on both subjects from Karen.
- Critical Habitat Regulations
- Endangered Species Act Final Regulation Talking Points
- Endangered Species in ND
- Local Land Use Plans
THANK YOU SPEAKERS AND ATTENDEES!
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