U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) plans and implements its programs to accomplish the overall goals and objectives of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL serves as the focal point for science
and technology development in fossil energy and related environmental control technologies. Through the new Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil (SCNGO), NETL will drive an integrated planning process for
natural gas technologies within DOE and will coordinate DOE’s natural gas programs in gas supply, transmission, distribution, reliability, and end use. SCNGO will identify research and policy support gaps;
plan programs to fill these gaps; initiate research to meet future natural gas supply deliverability, reliability, and utilization requirements; and provide strong support for DOE’s development of natural
gas-related policies. With the four focus areas, NETL will provide cutting-edge research and development leadership in gas energy system dynamics, carbon sequestration, computational energy science, and ultraclean fuels.
Through partnerships, NETL will continue to utilize the full resources of the laboratory system to address fossil energy-related issues. NETL concentrates on the application of science and engineering
principles to execute its mission.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council is a trade association that represents more than 250 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and
gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, transportation, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field
service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region. Petroleum Council members produced 98% of the 113 million
barrels of oil produced in North Dakota in 2010.
The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, operating through legislative authority under the North Dakota Industrial Commission,
serves to facilitate the missions of the Oil and Gas Division and the North Dakota Geologic Survey (NDGS). The Oil and Gas Division regulates
drilling and production with a mission to encourage and promote the development, production, and utilization of oil and gas in North Dakota
in such a manner as to prevent waste, maximize economic recovery, and fully protect the correlative rights of all owners to the end that the
landowners, the royalty owners, the producers, and the general public realize the greatest possible good from vital natural resources.
The NDGS serves as a primary source of geological information and includes a mission to investigate the geology of North Dakota, administer
regulatory programs, and act in an advisory capacity to other state agencies providing a public service to the citizens of North Dakota.
The NDGS regulates coal exploration and subsurface mineral exploration and development.
Decision Support provides oil production and geologic data for the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin.
Explore production relative to geologic properties of the Bakken and Three Forks formations.