Information meeting slated on regulation & mediation in the oil field

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is inviting north central North Dakota farmers, ranchers and landowners to a town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 13, to discuss regulation, remediation and mediation in the oil field.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at the Outlaw Shack in Antler Memorial Park, 1 3/4 miles north of Antler.

“After visiting the area and hearing from landowners, I concluded that the services of the North Dakota Mediation Service (NDMS) would be useful to many of them in resolving disputes related to oil development,” Goehring said. “Mediation helps avoid litigation, saves time and money, and improves communication between disputing parties. It is also voluntary and confidential.” 

North Dakota Department of Agriculture staff will present information on the services offered by the North Dakota Mediation Service.

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, will discuss information on regulation and remediation in the oil field.

Question-and-answer sessions will follow each presentation.

A social and dinner, served by the Antler Outlaws, begins at 5 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by the Bottineau and Renville County chapters of the Farm Bureau and Farmers Union.

Formerly the North Dakota Agricultural Mediation Service, NDMS was created in 1984 to help financially distressed farmers and ranchers by providing assistance in credit and financial matters and resolving disputes. The 2011 Legislature expanded NDMS' responsibilities to include dispute resolution of property issues related to energy development and landowner disputes with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department related to deer depredation of winter livestock feed supplies.