“Bakken Gold” was a huge graphic backdrop on a stage of speakers discussing the promise, advancements and realities of North Dakota’s “Oil Patch,” now the second largest oil producing state, next to Texas.
The 20th Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, N.D., drew over 4,000 attendees from 46 states, and nine countries, including Norway. The three-day event on May 22 – 24 offered 55 profiled speakers and hosted 257 indoor and 40 outdoor exhibits.
The corridors were like alternating streams of energetic people, half going to workshops and half coming from workshops. People gathered at side tables to chat, checking their emails or negotiating business on their cell phones, with a hand cupping their ear and often pacing. In most every workshop, all chairs were filled and participants stood, lining the walls. Human “energy” was flowing throughout the Civic Center, and spilling over to the parking lot, where gigantic, imposing machines were viewed.
The keynote speakers at the Wednesday luncheon were Tex “Red Tipped Arrow” Hall, Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman and Jack Gerard, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO.
Published: January 6, 2012