The annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is underway in Bismarck this week.
"It's a bit of a celebration that we've all survived a very rough four-year period of time," said North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness. "The Bakken in back."
Ness said the WBPC is not just for oil industry professionals – but it’s also for developers.
"We know we're going to need more infrastructure and more housing," Ness said. "We want to show developers the longevity of of the Bakken."