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Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting, Target Bakken: Today & for Tomorrow
Toni Erhardt, ACOE, USACE Permitting Program, Mitigation Banking & Things
Kevin Sedivec, NDSU, Reclamation: Developing a Checklist for Better Communications
David Saxowsky, NDSU, Discussion of Surface Rights and Legal Issues
Erin Espeland, USDA-ARS, Cover Crops & Reclamation
Dave Toledo, USDA-ARS, Reclamation & Rangeland Health
Guy Welch, NDPSC, Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation in ND
Hannah Tomlinson, NDSU, USFS Research
Peter O’Brien, NDSU, Remediation of a Crude Oil Spill Using Thermal Desorption: Agronomic
Aaron Daigh, NDSU, In Situ Brine Spill Remediation Methods: A New Approach
Spill Investigation Program: Protecting a noisy landscape
Kathleen Neset-Keynote Speaker
Kathleen Neset is President of Neset Consulting Service, Inc., which provides well site geologic/geo-steering and engineering services to the oil industry since 1980. She received a B.A. in Geology from Brown University and then went to work as a seismologist in Michigan. Neset worked for Core Laboratories in Texas and Wyoming. In 1979 she moved to North Dakota pursuing work as an independent petroleum geologist. She is owner of Neset Farm and formerly worked as a Tioga High School science teacher, a Tioga school board member and a substitute business manager at Tioga High School. Currently she manages wellsite geology and mudlogging crews throughout the Bakken and Northern Rockies region.
Kathleen is Chairman of the ND State Board of Higher Education, Serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Board, ND SBHE Challenge Fund Committee, American Associate of Petroleum Geologists, Williston API, Dickinson API, Minot API, North Dakota Petroleum Council Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Bismarck State College Petroleum Technology Advisory Committee, University of North Dakota Petroleum Engineering Advisory Committee, Tioga Golf & Country Club board, and St. Thomas Parish Council Secretary.
In February 2014, Kathleen was asked by Governor Dalrymple to speak about Bakken and Energy in America at the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee, which he chaired. In June of 2014 Kathleen was a participant at the US Army War College National Security Seminar week. She participated in discussion regarding US military training for both US and International military leaders and methods to promote world peace. Kathleen has been invited back to speak at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA May of 2016, to present to the class “Energy and National Security.”
Recently, Kathleen was awarded the Prairie Business Top 25 Women in Business Award, the 2015 Williston Regional Economic Development Corporation Ambassador of the Year Award and the 2014 API Energy Outstanding Achievement Award for the Williston Basin Chapter. In September 2015, Kathleen was inducted into the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame. In November 2015, Kathleen received the 2015 Williston Basin Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Aaron Daigh
Dr. Aaron Daigh (pronounced “Day”) is an Assistant Professor of Soil Physics in the School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. He obtained his B.S. in Environmental, Soil and Water Science and his M.S. in Agronomy at the University of Arkansas followed by a PhD in Soil Science and Environmental Science at Iowa State University. Before joining NDSU, he was an Associate Researcher of Drainage Water Quality in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Dept. at Iowa State University. He has conducted research in soil physics and soil management for over 10 years on topics ranging from soil salinity, land reclamation, soil tillage, tile drainage, bioenergy, nutrient management, crop rotations, and soil flooding.
David Saxowsky grew up on his parents’ dairy farm in Hebron, North Dakota. After attending North Dakota State University and The Ohio State University, he joined the faculty in the Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics at NDSU. His teaching responsibilities include courses in agricultural law, farm & agribusiness management, real estate principles and food safety law. He also teaches water law for the University of North Dakota School of Law. Several of the courses are distance delivered across the region and nation. He is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, a member of the North Dakota Bar, and co-leads the Agricultural & Environmental Law program within the multi-state AG*IDEA distance education program. His recent Extension outreach activities have focused on the oil & gas industry in western North Dakota, specifically mineral and surface property rights. His most recent research has been with colleagues who have studied expanding irrigation along the McClusky Canal in central North Dakota and the impact of temporarily staging flood water on agricultural land upstream from the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
David completed his Ph. D. in 2012 in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University, where he was also a trainee of the National Science Foundation – IGERT Applied Biodiversity Science Program. David is currently a Research Rangeland Management Specialist with the USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND and his research focuses on ecosystem health evaluation and finding ways of optimizing land management practices under changing climate and land-use scenarios. David’s previous research experience includes the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, where he worked on the development and application of indicators for monitoring soil and vegetation attributes and his Doctoral research where he evaluated the social dimensions of using extreme fire as a rangeland restoration tool. David has also contributed to projects related to ecosystem health in the USA as well as in Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia.
Erin Espeland has worked for the USDA-ARS as a restoration ecologist since 2008. Her research focuses on establishment, genetic identity and evolutionary potential of restored native plant populations. This research includes how competition from weeds affects restoration success, the use of cover crops to speed site recovery, and the role of genetic identity on the establishment of restoration materials. Her research program also tracks whole-ecosystem recovery after weed removal and restoration; this includes bird, insect and plant populations as well as soil conditions.
Hannah Tomlinson is native to North Central Washington. She received her bachelors in Rangeland Ecology & Management from University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. She is currently working on her M.S. in Range Science under Dr. Ryan Limb and Dr. Kevin Sedivec.
Peter is originally from Springfield, IL, and he received a BS in Religious Studies from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. He worked for a number of Americorps programs for several years following his undergraduate studies before moving to Fargo in 2012. He received a MS in Natural Resource Management in 2014, with a focus on the effects of Kentucky bluegrass on plant community composition in the Northern Great Plains.
Peter is currently pursuing his PhD in Soil Science at North Dakota State University. His research revolves around an active oil spill remediation site in western North Dakota that is utilizing thermal desorption. This research will characterize the effects of thermal desorption on soil properties and determine how useful this technology can be for remediation in agricultural regions.
Toni Erhardt has been a US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, employee for over 33 years. She moved to the Bismarck Regulatory Office in 1986 and has been a project manager responsible for evaluating permit applications for the past 27 years. The primary focus of the Regulatory Program is compliance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. She understands the history of the Program and how it’s evolved over time to what it is today. As the laws currently sit, developers must understand the importance of avoidance, minimization and finally mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States. She sees her job as knowing the regulations and being able to guide perspective applicants through the quagmire of Federal laws that are triggered by the need for a permit with a goal of achieving environmentally acceptable projects.
Kevin Sedivec is an Extension Rangeland Specialist at NDSU Extension Service. He has a B.S in Zoology – Wildlife Management, M.S. in Animal and Range Sciences and a Ph.D. in Animal and Range Sciences from North Dakota State University. He has been conducting extension reclamation and remediation of energy related impacts since 2013.
David Glatt joined the North Dakota Department of Health in 1983 as an environmental engineer. In 1989, he became manager of the Ground Water Protection Program and was named as assistant director for the Division of Water Quality shortly thereafter. In May 2000, David was named director of the Division of Waste Management and in 2002, he was named section chief of the Environmental Health Section. He is a registered professional engineer receiving a BS degree in biology with a MS degree in Environmental Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo.
Guy Welch has worked for the North Dakota Public Service Commission as an Environmental Scientist in the Reclamation Division since 1998. He is responsible for reviewing surface coal mining and reclamation plans to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. His primary areas of responsibility include native grasslands, woodlands, and wildlife. Welch conducts mine inspections to ensure compliance with approved mining and reclamation plans, and revegetation activities through final bond release.
Welch has a B.S. in Range Science from the South Dakota State University. In the past, he has worked as a Soils and Range Conservationist for other state and federal agencies. He grew up on the family farm near Ludlow, SD and continues to be involved with the operation. He is a member of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) and the ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society (NDCTWS).
Dennis L. Johnsrud
Dennis L. Johnsrud along with his wife Mavis have been farming in the Epping area since 1979. Assisting with the farming operation is son Dustin and they also have a daughter Jackie who is a chiropractor in Williston. Dennis’s favorite activities include spending time with the three grand-daughters, fishing, and hunting as well as being active in the community and Ag related activities.
Lives on the family farm homesteaded by his Great Grandfather in 1902. Has farmed his whole life taking over the family farm in 1976. Has quadrupled the size of the farm operation. Attended UND-Williston and graduated in 1975 with a Farm and Ranch Management degree. In 1976 along with farming, he began working on oil drilling rigs during winter until 1982 when oil development slowed down. Has worked on the farm and ranch fulltime since. Served on Ray School board, Northwest Landowners board, Equality township board and advisory board for the North Dakota State University Research Center in Williston.
Craig Pelton, of Halliday, ND, currently runs both a purebred Hereford and commercial operation along with his two children Kayla and Kain. Craig has been involved in the cattle industry as well as part of the ND Hereford Association since a young age. He has also been actively involved in the community serving previously as a 4-H leader and livestock judging coach, Director on the ND Hereford Association, and volunteer fire department. He currently serves on the board for Dunn County Zoning and Planning as well as Dunn County Commissioner.