Governor Burgum to speak at ONE BASIN- One Way! Safety FIRST Signing Ceremony
Thursday, June 20, 2019

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019

            10:00 am – 11:00 am CT

Where: North Dakota Safety Council

            1710 Canary Avenue

            Bismarck, ND 58501


Bismarck, N.D. – Governor Burgum will be joining the ONE BASIN – One Way! Safety FIRST partners for a signing ceremony to commemorate the official start of this unique standardized contractor safety orientation program.  Earlier this year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) announced the launch of ONE BASIN – One Way! and the North Dakota Safety Council, TrainND Northwest, and Diamond B as the training providers.  The Safety FIRST partners are:  Bruin E&P, Enerplus, Equinor, Hess Corporation, Oasis Petroleum, ONEOK, Inc., QEP Resources, Whiting Petroleum Corporation, WPX Energy, and XTO Energy.

For the past eighteen months, NDPC members have been developing the ONE BASIN – One Way! standardized contractor safety orientation program to focus on Safety FIRST. Our Safety FIRST partners are producer and pipeline companies that will require ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation for their contractors.  These companies represent nearly 50% of oil and gas production in the Bakken and we expect participation to grow as this program gets established.

With a Safety FIRST focus, the ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation curriculum is designed to raise safety awareness on over forty critical topics PLUS focus on a number of North Dakota specific job hazards that are not covered by traditional orientation programs.  The curriculum delivers a robust safety message that concentrates on improving the overall industry safety record.  The program has received a grant from North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) that will provide partial scholarships for orientation attendees.  “We are proud to support the ONE BASIN – One Way! program and are happy to see the focus on North Dakota specific job hazards,” said Bryan Klipfel, WSI Director.  “We are pleased the ONE BASIN – One Way! orientation places an important emphasis on transportation safety awareness in our state.”

The ONE BASIN – One Way!  curriculum also focuses on job hazards created by sub-zero ambient temperature and the effect cold weather has on working conditions and equipment.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council is encouraging all its members to join the ONE BASIN – One Way! program so we can see increased efficiencies and safety emphasis across the oil and gas workforce in the Williston Basin.

The signing ceremony will feature remarks from Governor Burgum as well as the Safety FIRST partners signing to commemorate the start to this program.  Media availability to follow the ceremony.

Media please RSVP to Kristen Hamman: or 701-223-6380

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