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By Kevin Killough
The Bakken could see a lot more cooperation between landowners and the oil industry.
Fostering greater communication between them, as well as providing information to landowners, was the theme of the Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) Expo last week in Stanley. The event featured informational booths from companies and government agencies, as well as speakers from those agencies.
Tom Wheeler, vice-president of the NWLA board, said he is quite pleased with the turnout by a couple of hundred landowners.
Wheeler said they ended up turning away some companies wanting to have a booth at the event.
“We’ve got tremendous support from the industry,” he said, including participation from Enbridge Oil, Hess, and Continental Resources, to name a few.
Landowner Jerry Engel said he is happy to see so much interest from the industry.
“I think they are here because they have to be more interested in what we’re doing, what we’re thinking,” he said.
District 2 Rep. Bert Anderson (R-Crosby) said by bringing industry and landowners together, the association will open communication.
“We’re finding that working together is good,” Anderson said.