The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference takes place in Saskatchewan and North Dakota on alternating years, and is co-hosted by the Government of Saskatchewan, the state government of North Dakota, the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Petroleum Technology Research Council.
The Williston Basin is a major oil-producing region including portions of southern Saskatchewan, North and South Dakota, Montana and Manitoba, and the conference theme, “One Basin Fuelling Two Nations,” addresses the significant resources shared by these jurisdictions with a focus on research and development.
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