Williston Basin Petroleum Council to Discuss Future of Bakken at Conference

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The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is about two months away. The last time the conference took place at the Bismarck Event Center was in 2014 when the price of oil was much higher.

In 2014 West Texas Intermediate was approximately $60 more than it is today.

The conference is expected to have 2,500 attendees. This is a considerable drop from two years ago when the event had more than 4,000 people.

This year's forum will be focusing on the future of the Bakken including value added opportunities and new technologies.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council says they are slightly behind with registration, currently seven booths are available.

"We've have seen it a little bit slower and we are trying to adjust by lowering the cost of attending and booths so people are able to participate because it is a great conference and they do like to come and be a part of it," said ND Petroleum Council Director of Communications Tessa Sandstrom.

The cost for participants is $400, even up to the day of the event. The conference is schedule for May 24 through the 26.