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Seventh Annual Reclamation Workshop Feb. 25-26


February 20, 2019 | View PDF

DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State University and North Dakota State University (NDSU) continue to recognize the need to provide timely, effective reclamation information to affected stakeholders in the Bakken energy development. This effort began in February 2013 when the first reclamation workshop was held in Dickinson.

This year’s seventh annual workshop is titled “Reflecting on Reclamation” and will be held Feb. 25-26, 2019, at the Astoria Hotel & Event Center in Dickinson. Hosting the event are NDSU Extension, Dickinson State University, Society for Range Management, USDA-ARS, North Dakota Department of Health and BKS Environmental Associates, Inc.

The Monday session Feb. 25, will highlight keynote speaker Graeme Spiers, Laurentian University from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The title of Mr. Spiers’ presentation is “The Sudbury Protocol – 40 years of Landscape Healing.” Vendors will also present their services and/or products in a trade show atmosphere. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with the trade show opening at 5 p.m. and the keynote speaker at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, will have one combined Government session in the morning beginning at 8 a.m. with a joint session for Soils and Vegetation on research updates from NDSU. The two concurrent afternoon sessions are on “Soils” and “Vegetation” as individual topics. Second-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. through the east doors of the hotel.

Topics and speakers for the Government session and joint Soils and Vegetation are:

• Bill Suess, NDEQ/NDDOH, “Cleanup Guidelines, One Stop Reporting”

• Jon Ellingson, NDIC, “Brine Pond Remediation Techniques – NDIC Oil and Gas Division Research”

• Jay Almie, EERC, “iPIPE: Changing the Message on Pipelines”

• Kevin Sedivic/Miranda Meehan, NDSU, “Vegetation Establishment in Brine Impacted Soils”

• Aaron Daigh, NDSU, “Soil Remediation Research at NDSU: Past, Present and the Future

Speakers and topics for the Soils session are:

• Randy St. Germain, Dakota Technologies, “High Resolution Site Characterization of Contaminant Releases”

• Brett Tuchscherer, Vertex, “Applications of Geophysics in Reclamation and Remediation of Oil and Gas Sites”

• Chris Athmer, Oasis Petroleum, “Implementation of Electrokinetic Based Soil Desalinization”

• Tom DeSutter, NDSU, “The 2013 Black Slough Pipeline Release in Mountrail County, North Dakota: A Summary of Research Results”

• Greg Petrick, BNI Coal, Coal Ash Cell Reclamation: A Look at Reclamation Strategies”

• Bernie Saini-Eidukat, NDSU, “Current Regional Research on Erionite and Implications”

Speakers and topics for the Vegetation session are:

• Jeremy Yeglin, Golder, “Land Treatment Bioremediation for Hydrocarbon Impacted Soils in North Dakota”

• Zach Sylvain, ARS, “Reclamation Success after 3-33 Years

• Matt Rinella, ARS, Improved Methods for Restoring Diverse Native Plant Communities to Surface Coal Mining Lands”

• Elizabeth Murray, Earthmaster Environmental Stategies, Inc., “Phytoremediation Technologies for Restoring Salt and Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil”

• Carmen Waldo/Cathy Walsh, USFS, “Pipeline Reclamation Process”

• Krista Ehlert, SDSU, “Integrated Management of Invasive Plants in Degraded Landscapes”

Registration costs for this event are $90 by Feb. 15, or $110 at the door. Registration includes hors d’oeuvres on Monday evening, and breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Tuesday. To register online, visit

For more information, contact Toby Stroh at [email protected] or 701-483-2185 or Brenda Schladweiler at [email protected] or 307-686-0800.


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