Department Information

Department Information

Geological Survey Office

Street Address:
1016 E Calgary Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503

Mailing Address:
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 474
Bismarck, ND 58505-0614

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm


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Phone Numbers:

Geological Survey Phone: (701) 328-8000

Geological Survey Fax: (701) 328-8010

Oil and Gas Division Phone: (701) 328-8020

Oil and Gas Division Fax: (701) 328-8022

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North Dakota Oil and Gas Division

Bismarck Office

Office Address: 
1016 E Calgary Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503

Mailing Address: 
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 474
Bismarck, ND 58505-0614

Phone: (701) 328-8020

Fax: (701) 328-8022


Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 8 am-5 pm
(Closed 12 noon-1 pm Daily)


VacantDirector of Mineral Resources
Mark BohrerAssistant Director Oil and Gas Division
Allen ChristensenProduction Auditing and Gas Measurement Supervisor
Ashleigh ThielUIC & Treating Plant Manager
VacantAdministrative Assistant
Brandi SchaferEngineering Technician - UIC Permitting & Treating Plant
Bridget DansoPublic Information Specialist
Brigett SavenkoOffice Assistant
Brock WahlGIS Technician
Caleb AlbertsonPetroleum Engineer
Christy DavisOil and Gas Production Analyst
Cody VanderBuschReclamation Specialist
Dan JacobsenInfo Technology Admin
Daniel KucharEngineering Technician - Permitting
David TaborField Supervisor
Derrick LindemannOil and Gas Meter Systems Specialist
Donna SchmidtAccount Budget Specialist II
Emma NeigumEngineering Technician - Logs and Surveys
Evan RomuldPipeline Supervisor
Jared ThunePetroleum Engineer-UIC Supervisor
Jeanette BeanHuman Resources Technician II
Jess KochAdministrative Assistant I - Pipelines Program
Jordan SchneiderEngineering Technician-GIS Pipelines Program
Kallie RohrichOffice Assistant
Kevin BeanStoreKeeper I
Mark MillerEngineering Technician - Logs and Surveys
Mark StumpfPetroleum Engineer / Reclamation Specialist
Melissa HerzProduction Analyst
Michael ZieschEngineering, Geology, and IT Support Staff Officer
Michelle SchroederProduction Temp
Nathan KirbyData Design Analyst / RBDMS
Nathaniel ErbelePetroleum Engineer - Permitting
Noelyn MeckleSafety Officer
Rachel MorrisAdministrative Assistant II - Bonding
Randy SchiermeisterProgrammer Analyst II
Reyne KadrmasEngineering Technician - Permitting
Rhonda FisherEngineering Technician - Directional Surveys
Richard StockertProgrammer/Analyst
Richard SuggsPetroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Robyn LoumerAccounting Manager I
Ross EdisonPetroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Sara ForsbergLegal Assistant
Stephen FriedPetroleum Engineer
Tamara MadchePetroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Todd L. HolwegerPermit Manager / Geophysical Supervisor
Travis StolldorfPetroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Trudi HogueAccount Budget Specialist I

North Dakota Oil and Gas Division

Dickinson Field Office

Office Address: 
926 E Industrial Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601

Phone: (701) 227-7436

Office Hours: 
Call for an appointment,
staff may be in the field.


Nicole EwoniukDistrict Supervisor
Austin KarskyField Inspector
Clark ShackelfordField Inspector
Doug DolyniukField Inspector
Jaden HolwegerField Inspector
Jason RoshauField Technician
Kelly KadrmasPipeline Technician
Monica BleessField Inspector
Nicholas StrohPipeline Technician
Tasha JensenField Inspector
Tom TorstensonSeismic Field Inspector

North Dakota Oil and Gas Division

Minot Field Office

Office Address: 
7 3rd Street SE, Suite 107
Minot, North Dakota 58701

Phone: (701) 857-7646

Office Hours: 
Call for an appointment;
Staff may be in the field.


Scott DihleDistrict Supervisor
Alan ClarkField Technician
Brad HoffarthEngineering Technician
Calob WerreField Inspector
Dan WigenField Technician
Dylan RoachPipeline Technician
Jason HicksField Inspector
VacantField Inspector
Joshua BurgettEngineering Technician
Lisa TonnesonField Technician
Marc RitzkeField Technician
Scott LadnerField Inspector

North Dakota Oil and Gas Division

Williston Field Office

Office Address: 
2112 4th Avenue W, Suite 101
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 11450
Williston, ND 58803

Phone: (701) 774-4380

Office Hours: 
Call for an appointment;
Staff may be in the field.


Gunther HarmsDistrict Supervisor
Charles ChappellField Technician
Jessica GilkeyField Inspector
Marc BinnsField Inspector 
Patrick MerrittEngineering Technician
Richard DunnField Inspector
Richard RyanPipeline Technician
Robert McDonnellPipeline Technician
Robert StaffordField Inspector
Tayden Jacobson Field Inspector
William RyanField Inspector

North Dakota Geological Survey

Office Address:
1016 E Calgary Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503

Mailing Address:
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 474
Bismarck, ND 58505-0614

Phone: (701) 328-8000

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm
(Closed 12noon-1pm Daily)


 Director of Mineral Resources
 Edward C. MurphyNorth Dakota State Geologist
Adam ChumleyGeologist
Benjamin YorkGeologist
Christopher MaikeGeologist
Fred AndersonGeologist
Ken UrlacherDrafting Technician
Levi MoxnessGeologist
Marina GasserAdministrative Assistant
Navin ThapaGIS Specialist
Ned KrugerGeologist (Non-fuel Minerals, Coal Exploration, UIC III)

North Dakota Geological Survey

North Dakota Heritage Center

612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone: (701) 328-2666


Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm
(Closed 12noon-1pm Daily)


Becky BarnesPaleontologist
Cathy LashPaleontologist / Fossil Technician
Clint BoydPaleontologist
Jeff PersonPaleontologist

North Dakota Geological Survey

Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library

2835 Campus Road
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8156

Phone: (701) 777-2231


Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm
(Closed 12noon-1pm Daily)


Edward (Ted) StarnsGeologist
Jonathan LaBonteLab Technician
Kent HollandsEngineering Technician
Steve ChittickGeologist
Tim NesheimGeologist / Core Library Manager

Department Background

Department Background

The Legislature created the Industrial Commission of North Dakota in 1919 to conduct and manage, on behalf of the State, certain utilities, industries, enterprises, and business projects established by state law. The North Dakota Industrial Commission is made up of the following:

  • Governor Doug Burgum

  • Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley

  • Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring

The Industrial Commission has jurisdiction over oil and gas resources, the investigation and publication of geological information, and the regulation of coal exploration, geophysical exploration, geothermal energy, paleontology resources, subsurface minerals, geophysical exploration, underground storage and retrieval of nonhydrocarbons, high-level radioactive waste disposal, and carbon dioxide underground storage in North Dakota through the Department of Mineral Resources Geological Survey and Oil and Gas Division.

The Industrial Commission appoints the Director of the Department of Mineral Resources, who serves as Director of the Oil and Gas Division, and Assistant Director of the Oil and Gas Division and appoints the State Geologist.


1895 - Geological Survey

The North Dakota Geological Survey and the position of State Geologist were created by an act of the North Dakota Legislature in 1895, six years after statehood. During the first half of the 20th Century, the NDGS focused its studies on the coal and clay resources of North Dakota. With the discovery of oil near Tioga in 1951, the NDGS grew rapidly to both research the geology of the petroleum-bearing formations and regulate the exploration, and production of the resource. The Department of Mineral Resources office is located in Bismarck. The NDGS also operates the Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory and the Geologic Time Gallery in the North Dakota Heritage Center, as well as the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library located on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.


1981 - Oil and Gas Division

The Oil and Gas Division was established by the 1981 Legislature to assume the oil and gas regulatory duties of the NDGS. In 1989 the State Legislature moved the NDGS from the jurisdiction of the Board of Higher Education to the Industrial Commission. Regulation of geophysical exploration was added to the duties of the Oil and Gas Division on July 1, 1997. Regulation of underground gathering pipelines was added to the duties of the Oil and Gas Division on July 1, 2013. The Oil and Gas Division was approved by the EPA for primacy over Class VI injection wells on April 24, 2018. The Oil and Gas Division operates field offices in Williston, Dickinson, and Minot.


2005 - Department of Mineral Resources

The 2003 (58th) Legislature passed an amended Industrial Commission appropriations bill, calling for a merger of the NDGS and the Oil and Gas Division to be accomplished by July 1, 2005. On July 1, 2005, legislation passed during the 2005 (59th) Legislative Session placed the NDGS and the Oil and Gas Division into the newly created Department of Mineral Resources.