Through new technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, oil and gas companies have been able to minimize impact to the land while increasing production. Yet, the industry understands that there continues to be some impacts to habitats and wildlife through increased truck traffic, and we remain committed to further reducing our impact.
Outdoor Heritage Fund
The North Dakota Petroleum Council and its members supported the creation of the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which will dedicate up to $30 million per biennium in competitive grants for conservation and access to the outdoors.
NDPC Grant Assistance
Using funds raised through the Annual Energy of North Dakota Fishing Derby, the NDPC provides resources for habitat development and professional grant writing assistance to wildlife chapters that wish to apply for grants available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund. North Dakota has hundreds of local wildlife chapters that work hard to organize fundraisers for habitat improvements, but like many civic and community organizations, they rely solely on volunteers who may not have the time or the expertise to develop projects or meet the requirements needed to receive outside grant dollars. Habitat Unlimited will work with chapters to develop habitat projects and offer professional grant writing services that will help them access the Outdoor Heritage Funds. Interested organizations may contact Tessa Sandstrom at [email protected] for more information.
Sportsmen and Oil Industry Forum
The Petroleum Council is a member of the Sportsmen and Oil Industry Forum, which is a group of wildlife, conservation, and industry experts who are working together to find solutions to protect habitat and wildlife and increasing access to the outdoors for sportsmen and women. Working together, the Forum has identified Recommended Management Practices and GIS mapping tools for oil and gas companies to follow and use to minimize impacts to land and wildlife. The Forum also formed a Projects Committee that will work to identify conservation projects that the Forum can work on together to improve habitat or increase access to the outdoors.
Recommended Management Practices
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has collaborated with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to establish best recommended practices for companies to use in reducing oil/gas exploration and production impacts to fish and wildlife resources in North Dakota. To view the full list of recommended practices, click here.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department also developed GIS overlay maps of select species’ habitats that companies may use to determine where to place a well pad or road that will have the least amount of impact on those critical habitats. Maps may be ordered here.