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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

 

Surface and Mineral Owner Resources

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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
 

For the communication impaired, use Relay North Dakota
1-800-366-6888 (TTY)
1-800-366-6889 (VOICE)

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Oil & Gas Division - Bismarck Location & Staff

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

Email: oilandgasinfo@nd.gov

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

 

Lynn Helms, Ph.D. Director of Mineral Resources
Mark Bohrer Assistant Director Oil and Gas Division
   
Allen Christensen Production Auditing and Gas Measurement Supervisor
Ashleigh Thiel UIC & Treating Plant Manager
Ashley Kneavel Administrative Assistant
Brandi Schafer Engineering Technician - UIC Permitting & Treating Plant
Bridget Danso Public Information Specialist
Brock Wahl GIS Technician
Christy Davis Oil and Gas Production Analyst
Cody VanderBusch Reclamation Specialist
Dan Jacobsen Info Technology Admin
Daniel Kuchar Engineering Technician - Permitting
David Tabor Field Supervisor
Derrick Lindemann Oil and Gas Meter Systems Specialist
Donna Schmidt Account Budget Specialist II
Emma Neigum Engineering Technician - Logs and Surveys
Evan Romuld Pipeline Supervisor
Heidi Nordstrom Office Assistant
Jared Thune Petroleum Engineer-UIC Supervisor
Jeanette Bean Human Resources Technician II
Jess Koch Administrative Assistant I - Pipelines Program
Jordan Schneider Engineering Technician-GIS Pipelines Program
Kallie Rohrich Office Assistant
Kevin Bean StoreKeeper I
Mark Miller Engineering Technician - Logs and Surveys
Mark Stumpf Petroleum Engineer / Reclamation Specialist
Melissa Herz Production Analyst
Michael Ziesch Engineering, Geology, and IT Support Staff Officer
Nathan Kirby Data Design Analyst / RBDMS
Nathaniel Erbele Petroleum Engineer - Permitting
Noelyn Meckle Safety Officer
Rachel Morris Administrative Assistant II - Bonding
Randy Schiermeister Programmer Analyst II
Reyne Kadrmas Engineering Technician - Permitting
Rhonda Fisher Engineering Technician - Directional Surveys
Richard Stockert Programmer/Analyst
Richard Suggs Petroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Robyn Loumer Accounting Manager I
Ross Edison Petroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Sandra Splonskowski Production Temp
Sara Forsberg Legal Assistant
Tamara Madche Petroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Todd L. Holweger Permit Manager / Geophysical Supervisor
Travis Stolldorf Petroleum Resource Geologic Analyst
Trudi Hogue Account Budget Specialist I
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Oil & Gas Division - Dickinson Location & Staff

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 Ewoniuk District Supervisor
   
Austin Karsky Field Inspector
Clark Shackelford Field Inspector
Doug Dolyniuk Field Inspector
Jaden Holweger Field Inspector
Jason Roshau Field Technician
Kelly Kadrmas Pipeline Technician
Monica Bleess Field Inspector
Nicholas Stroh Pipeline Technician
Tasha Jensen Field Inspector
Tom Torstenson Seismic Field Inspector
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Oil & Gas Division - Minot Location & Staff

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 Dihle District Supervisor
   
Alan Clark Field Technician
Brad Hoffarth Engineering Technician
Calob Werre Field Inspector
Dan Wigen Field Technician
Dylan Roach Pipeline Technician
Jason Hicks Field Inspector
Jim Potts Field Inspector
Joshua Burgett Engineering Technician
Lisa Tonneson Field Technician
Marc Ritzke Field Technician
Scott Ladner Field Inspector
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Oil & Gas Division - Williston Location & Staff

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 Harms District Supervisor
   
Caleb Albertson Field Inspector
Charles Chappell Field Technician
Jessica Gilkey Field Inspector
Marc Binns Field Inspector 
Patrick Merritt Engineering Technician
Richard Dunn Field Inspector
Richard Ryan Pipeline Technician
Robert McDonnell Pipeline Technician
Robert Stafford Field Inspector
William Ryan Field Inspector
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Geological Survey - Bismarck Office Location & Staff

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)

 

Lynn D. HelmsDirector of Mineral Resources
Edward C. MurphyNorth Dakota State Geologist
  
Adam ChumleyGeologist
Benjamin YorkGeologist
Christopher MaikeGeologist
Donna BauerPublications and Maps
Fred AndersonGeologist
Ken UrlacherDrafting Technician
Levi MoxnessGeologist
Marina GasserAdministrative Assistant
Navin ThapaGIS Specialist
Ned KrugerGeologist (Non-fuel Minerals, Coal Exploration, UIC III)
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Geological Survey - Bismarck Heritage Center Location & Paleontology Staff

North Dakota Geological Survey

North Dakota Heritage Center

Address: 
612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone: (701) 328-2666

Email: NDGSPaleo@nd.gov

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

 

Becky BarnesPaleontologist
Cathy LashPaleontologist / Fossil Technician
Clint BoydPaleontologist
Jeff PersonPaleontologist
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Geological Survey - Grand Forks Core and Sample Library Location & Staff

North Dakota Geological Survey

Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library

Address: 
2835 Campus Road
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8156

Phone: (701) 777-2231

Email: corelab@nd.gov

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

 

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

Department Background

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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.