Burgum highlights oil industry’s progress, challenges at ND Petroleum Council’s annual meeting in Fargo
Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday highlighted the innovation, technology and investment driving a resurgence in North Dakota’s oil industry during the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting in Fargo.
Burgum noted that since he and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford challenged the industry last year to boost oil production to 2 million barrels per day, daily output has increased by nearly 230,000 barrels, from 1.04 million barrels per day in May 2017 to a record 1.27 million barrels per day in July 2018. Burgum commended the industry for embracing innovation, advancing technology and finding efficiencies to increase production.
North Dakota’s oil production would be even higher if not for the constraints of a workforce shortage and lack of infrastructure for capturing and processing natural gas, a byproduct of oil production, Burgum said. He encouraged private-sector investment, partnerships and input to address the challenges, while also highlighting the administration’s Main Street Initiative and efforts by the Workforce Development Council to tackle the workforce shortage. The state had nearly 14,500 job openings listed with Job Service North Dakota in August, and Burgum estimated there may be twice that many openings statewide when including unlisted openings.
“I believe most of the problems that we try to regulate out of the way, we can innovate out of the way,” Burgum said.
Burgum emphasized the need for value-added uses of the state’s abundant natural gas resources, reiterating the administration’s mantra of “Innovation, not regulation” as the state continues to strengthen its position as the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state.
Governor applauds oil industry innovation at Bakken 2.0
Gov. Burgum on Monday conveyed his thanks to the North Dakota oil industry at the Bakken 2.0 conference in Fargo. The town hall-style event is held in conjunction with the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting each year.
During his remarks in front of industry leaders and community members, Burgum noted that North Dakota recently surpassed Venezuela in oil production, helping the United States become the No. 1 producer of oil in the world. The news comes on the heels of an announcement that North Dakota had set another daily production record for the month of July at 1.27 million barrels per day.
Burgum's comments followed a presentation by Jack Stark, president of Continental Resources, who announced that the company is updating its estimate of recoverable oil in the Bakken to 30 billion to 40 billion barrels, a significant revision from past estimates.
"As North Dakotans, we just won the geology lottery,” Burgum said.
Burgum, Baesler announce Mapleton's Kayla Delzer as Teacher of the Year for 2019
Gov. Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday announced Kayla Delzer, a third-grade teacher at Mapleton Elementary School, as the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.
Delzer was selected from a group of four finalists for the award, which Burgum and Baesler presented at Mapleton Elementary during a ceremony attended by Delzer’s students, fellow teachers, administrators, staff and other well-wishers.
Delzer has 10 years of teaching experience in second and third grade and has taught at Mapleton Elementary since 2016. She is a technology champion, speaker, author and CEO whose blog, TopDogTeaching.com, is approaching 2 million views. Her TEDx talk, “Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners,” has surpassed 208,000 views.
“Ms. Delzer does a tremendous job of embracing technology and using innovative methods to empower and challenge her students, instilling in them a love of lifelong learning and preparing them to succeed in a 21st century economy,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful to Ms. Delzer, our other finalists and all of our state’s educators for their strong commitment to helping students reach their fullest potential.”
In her application, Delzer said she believes relationships between students and passionate teachers are the foundation of successful classrooms, and that teaching is a team sport in which educators must continually share ideas to help each other improve.
First Lady challenges leaders to eliminate stigma at U.S.-Canada Opioid Crisis Roundtable
First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum on Monday challenged U.S. and Canadian health officials to include people in recovery in policymaking decisions and embrace innovative approaches to recovery in communities such as the Free Through Recovery program in North Dakota.
Helgaas Burgum was a keynote speaker at the Cross-Border Health Foundation’s U.S.-Canada Opioid Crisis Roundtable in Washington, D.C., sharing her personal story of recovery and the importance of eliminating stigma and addressing addiction as a disease.
“The opioid crisis is an issue that deeply affects both the United States and Canada. This meeting provided an opportunity for knowledge sharing and collaboration,” she said. “I was honored and inspired by the proactive steps both countries are taking to eliminate stigma. There is a shared acknowledgment that stigma is one of the most significant barriers to care.”
The First Lady also delivered opening remarks for a session on access to care and population health in urban and rural communities. Helgaas Burgum shared the unique challenges North Dakota faces as a rural state and how innovative solutions are made through telehealth services, peer support specialization and an effort to develop advocacy networks and recovery community organizations.
Governor, health care leaders discuss strengthening suicide prevention efforts
Gov. Burgum met Friday with leaders of health care systems from across North Dakota to discuss ways to enhance suicide prevention efforts through the Zero Suicide initiative.
Burgum noted that North Dakota saw the largest suicide rate increase in the nation from 1999 to 2016, at 58 percent. Alison Traynor, North Dakota’s suicide prevention director, cited national research showing up to 45 percent of individuals who die by suicide have visited their primary care physician within a month of their death. Using best practices in the Zero Suicide approach, such as standardized screenings and risk assessments, health care systems can decrease their patient suicide death rate by 80 percent.
“To reduce the shame and stigma of addiction and mental illness, we need to normalize the conversation around it,” Burgum said. “As we heard today, we can prevent suicide if we work together, communicate and use best practices. We’re grateful to the health care leaders who attended today’s meeting and shared their commitment to solving this public health crisis.”
The governor encouraged health care providers who haven’t done so to complete the Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study to gauge their status in terms of becoming a Zero Suicide health care system.