Experts say the slowdown in the oil patch is directly tied to the oil price.
So – what will it take to get the industry drilling and completing already drilled wells?
Gov. Jack Dalrymple told the recent state demographics conference in Bismarck – the industry calls $40 per barrel the break-even price. But he says it will take more than that.
"Somewhere around $45 a barrel, we should begin to see some wells being completed," Dalrymple said. "Certainly around $50 a barrel, there should be a lot more activity."