Mark your calendar – 2018 Annual Meeting

This years annual meeting will be held on December 8 at the Stanley S. Complex. Check back for times and the agenda; we are working on bringing in a very special guest speaker!

2018 Bi-Annual Information Expo – Booth Registration

For industry representatives interested in having a booth at the 2018 Informational Expo, this is an opportunity for ample public exposure.  A limited number of booths are available for this event, and booths will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Click the “Pay Now” button below to register. If you have any question, contact Amy at

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4/7/18 – NWLA in the news

NWLA featured in the Bismarck Tribune

3/29/18 – Natural Resources Committee hearing, Bismarck

Today Chairman Troy Coons and members of the board are at the State Capitol to testify during the Natural Resource Committee hearing on wind and energy development.

3/27/18 – Natural Resources Committee testimony preparation

This morning several NWLA board members are working on written testimony that Chairman Coons will be presenting on behalf of NWLA during the committee hearing on Thursday, March 29, in Bismarck. We are thankful for the help of Braaten Law Firm and their knowledgeable help.

3/20/18 – Killdeer Brine Spill Discussion

NWLA hosted the second Brine Spill Discussion with NDSU Extension. Soil health for Burliegh County was a large part of the discussion and representatives from ND Health Department were at the meeting to help answer questions. NWLA is currently working with the ND Health Department on soil Remediation guidelines. These round table discussions are beneficial for the NWLA board of directors to be apart of to properly gauge the needs and concerns of landowners.

3/15/18 – Today our board had the pleasure of hosting Darryl Nelson of Nelson Environmental Remediation. He presented on their process of remediation called Thermal Desorption Unit. This process is when “the soil is heated to volatilizations the associates hydrocarbons according to the concentration of contaminant in the soil and other factors”-

We appreciate NER coming all the way from Alberta to educate our board. This knowledge will assist as we continue with with the ND Health Department on Hydrocarbon Remediation.

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2018 Informational Expo – April 12, 2018

Northwest Landowners Association is hosting our second bi-annual Informational Expo as an opportunity for its members and the general public to learn more about landowner issues and interface with representatives from state agencies, industry representatives, and elected officials. This event will be held in Stanley, ND at the S. Complex

For industry representatives interested in having a booth at the 2018 Informational Expo, this is an opportunity for ample public exposure.  A limited number of booths are available for this event, and booths will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Click the “Pay Now” button below to register. If you have any question, contact Amy at

2/27/18 – This morning landowners, industry representatives, and government representatives met together during the NDSU Brine Spill Discussions. These meetings are organized to provide an environment where all can openly discuss current issues being faced.
There will be two more meetings later this month in Killdeer and Minot. NWLA is proud to be a sponsor of these educational meetings


2018 Brine Spill Discussions

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Landowner Expo Postponed
Feb. 5, 2018 – Due to presenter schedule conflicts, the 2018 Landowner Expo will be postponed until late March.
Landuse Plan Workshop with Karen Budd-Falen
Dec. 6, 2017 – NWLA hosted a Landuse Plan Workshop today in Minot. This event educated county officials and planning and zoning managers on land use plans for either private use, township use, county use, planning and zoning.
KMOT covered the event and the full news story can be read here.
NWLA Annual Meeting
Dec. 2, 2017 – Our 2017 Annual Meeting took place in Stanley, ND today, where members came together and were given an update on all the NWLA board has been doing over the last year to advance the mission of the Northwest Landowners Association. Guest speaker and fifth generation North Dakotan, Steve Shirley, Ph.D, spoke on the importance of higher education to our state and how it impacts the future generation of landowners. Technology is becoming a large part of farming and ranching, which is making higher education vital for the next generation. IMG_6163
During the business meeting, members were updated on the legislative impact NWLA made during the 2017 session, various education meetings NWLA sponsored, Hydrocarbon Remediation Guideline work groups NWLA has been invited to participate in, our involvement with the Health Department in setting guidelines for brine spills, and many other involvements. Board Member elections were held; Dave King was elected for another term, Kathryn Hilton was elected as a new board member, and there is still a position open for a member from the West.
October 3, 2017 – The Legislative Management has been directed to study the impact of wind energy development on the environment. The Legislature prepared a short memorandum that describes some of the landowner rights and nature of wind development in ND. It can be found HERE.

Energy Development and Transmission Committee Hearings 

NWLA Executive Director, Amy, spent two days touring the city of Minot with the Energy Development and Transmission Committee. This committee heard testimony from City of Minot officials and various Minot professionals in favor of Minot remaining a HUB city. Minot is considered the Gateway to the Bakken, as many major oil companies have headquarters in Minot. Williston is another city the committee toured for consideration in continuing their HUB city funding. The next committee hearing will be in Bismarck at the end of January, this hearing will be geared to wind development and the taxation of wind. IMG_6152IMG_6151IMG_6142IMG_6149
Department of Mineral Resources 2018 Rule Changes
On October 12, Troy Coons gave testimony at the DMR 2018 rule changes hearing. On behalf of the NWLA membership Coons gave testimony in favor of certain rules; as well as encouraged changes to other rules. The full testimony is available here.
Read the article by the Williston Herald about the passed rule changes here.
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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.annual meeting

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, . Book your hotel room at the Grand Hotel, in Minot, by calling (800) 735-4493.

Complete your registration here:

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

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 hereIMG_3446


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 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 or any of our board members listed HERE.Stanley Brine 1Stanley Brine 2

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

005Pictured 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. Killdeer 4Killdeer 3Killdeer 2

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.

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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.



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, 2016, 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:

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.


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!



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.

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The Northwest Landowners Association held a successful Informational Expo on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, in Stanley.  With over 300 people in attendance, the event couldn’t have gone more smoothly,  Thank you to all of the speakers, booth representatives, companies, and attendees who made this possible!
In case you missed it, the presentations from the speakers will be available on this website, and the video recording of the speakers will be available on YouTube.  Check back soon for full details to access these resources!


NWLA MEETING SCHEDULE: Please check back for scheduled Northwest Landowners Association business meetings. However, other happenings that may be of interest are noted below.

No other happenings at this time.