Nelson Appointed As N.D. Energy Impact Coordinator

Rory Nelson

BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed a new energy impact coordinator for western North Dakota to replace the current appointee, who is retiring.

Rory Nelson, a longtime Williston resident who worked for Hess Corp. for 30 years, will serve as the governor’s liaison in North Dakota’s oil-producing region.

Wayne Biberdorf, who served in that position since spring of 2012, is retiring.

Nelson grew up ranching and farming on the north bank of the Missouri River near Bainville, Mont., about nine miles west of the North Dakota border. He has lived in Williston for more than 30 years and held engineering and management positions at Hess until he retired last November.

“Rory’s extensive experience in the petroleum industry and his lifelong roots in the Williston Basin will be a great asset as we continue our work with local officials to address the impacts associated with rapid growth in our oil and gas counties,” Dalrymple said.

The state’s energy impact coordinator has an office at Williston State College.