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Williston Basin Petroleum Conference postponed due to coronavirus travel restrictions

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North Dakota oil production has plunged in the face of a collapse in demand from the coronavirus crisis and plunging prices caused by a global glut exacerbated by a price war triggered by Russia and Saudi Arabia. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has postponed its Williston Basin Petroleum Conference until May of 2021 in response to sustained national and international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual conference, originally scheduled for this September in Bismarck, is one of the largest gatherings of oil industry leaders in the country and draws some of the top names in the global business to North Dakota.

NDPC President Ron Ness said in a press release that the council hopes to hold the conference on a date that will maximize attendance and allow industry representatives from outside the state to attend.

"We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and exhibitors and will continue to monitor the situation and follow official guidance as we move forward with this new date," Ness said.

Conference organizers said they will be working with health experts in the coming months to ensure the safety of the event.

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