Podcast: “We’ve Gone From Surviving to Thriving”


TOM STROMME/Tribune Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of Interior, was keynote speaker Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in the Bismarck Event Center. "Energy drives the economy," Zinke told the nearly 2500 registered attendees, "and our advantage is energy." In concluding Zinke said "industry is able to work at a higher speed than government and that's the way it should be."

Live on location at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference yesterday I interviewed a number of people from North Dakota’s oil and gas industry about the state of affairs in the Bakken play.

We talked about recovering oil prices, a new sense of optimism, and the challenge of North Dakota’s chronic labor shortages.

“We’ve gone from surviving to thriving,” one conference attendee told me. That sounds about right.

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