Annual reclamation workshop set for February in Dickinson

Dickinson State University and North Dakota State University (NDSU) continue to recognize the need to provide timely, effective reclamation information to affected stakeholders in the Bakken energy development. This is especially true in uncertain economic times. The collaborative effort began in February 2013 when the first reclamation workshop was held in Dickinson.

This year’s fifth annual workshop is titled “Reclamation & Energy: Innovation and Adaptation” and will be held Feb. 20-21, 2017, at the Astoria Hotel & Event Center in Dickinson. The event will be hosted by the NDSU Extension Service, Dickinson State University, Society for Range Management, USDA-ARS and BKS Environmental Associates, Inc.

Monday’s session will feature keynote speaker Darryl Nelson of Nelson Environmental Remediation. Mr. Nelson will provide information on thermal desorption technology and application for soil remediation. Vendors will also present their services and/or products in a trade show atmosphere. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. through the East doors of the hotel. The trade show will open at 5 p.m. and the keynote address will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Check-in for Tuesday’s workshop will begin at 7:30 a.m. with three major sessions to start at 8 a.m. The morning session is on policy and programs while the afternoon sessions focus on spill remediation and ecology.

Speakers and topics for the policies session are:

        Joel Galloway, Dakota Water Science Center

o   “Natural Resources in the Williston Basin, What Do We Know?”

        Commissioner Doug Goehring, ND Department of Agriculture

o   “The ND Pipeline Remediation Program”

        Beth Kurz, EERC

o   “Innovation and Adaptation of the Oil & Gas Industry Throughout Bakken Development”

        Ryan Limb, NDSU

o    “Rangeland Reclamation: Regulating Two Energy Industries in North Dakota for Success”

        Cody VanderBusch, NDOGC

o   “North Dakota’s AWPSRF Program”

Speakers and topics for the spill remediation session are:

        Aaron Daigh, NDSU

o   “Approaching Brine Spills From the Surface: A Research Update On Using Crystallization Inhibitors”

        Kevin Sedivec, NDSU

o   “Effects of remediation techniques on selected grass species seeding’s associated with legacy brine waste pits in north-central North Dakota”

        Dave Glatt, ND Department of Health

o   “Oilfield Waste and Spill Remediation“

        Jacqueline Finck & Jon Ellingson, Terracon

o   “Site Investigation, Remediation, and Reclamation of Oil & Gas and Brine Spills in North Dakota”

        Kirk Hartel, HRI

o   “Advancing Land Reclamation through Tailored, Full-Cycle Service”

Speakers and topics for the ecology session are:

        David Toledo, USDA – ARS

o   “Use of Cover Crops for Revegetation after Energy Development in Northern Mixed Grass Prairie”

        Austin Link, NDSU

o   “Effects of Cropping Sequence on Pipeline Reclamation in Western North Dakota”

Register for the workshop online at www.ndreclamation.com. The early bird registration fee is $75.00 before Friday, Feb. 10. The fee to register online after Feb. 11, or at the door on Feb. 20, will be $90.00. Registration includes hors d’oeuvres on Monday evening, breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Tuesday.

For additional information, interested persons can contact Toby Stroh at toby.stroh@dickinsonstate.edu (phone 701-483-2185) or Brenda Schladweiler at bschladweiler@bksenvironmental.com (phone 307-686-0800).


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