MAOGCC Annual Meeting

JUNE 14-15, 2021

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Montana Association of Oil, Gas, and Coal Counties on June 14th-15th, 2021 in Sidney, Montana. We have speakers lined up that will provide information that will be of interest to all.

A room block is available at the MainStay Suites in Sidney—just mention the “Montana Association of Oil, Gas, And Coal Counties” room block when you call to make a reservation.  The reservation desk at the MainStay Suites can be reached at 406-488-1000.

Please call Shelby at 406-660-1969 if you have any questions pertaining to registration for the conference. A full agenda will be posted soon.

Register by using the form below 

The registration form below has multiple steps. Your registration will not be submitted until you submit your payment information on the last step. If you would like to register for the meeting, but prefer not to do so online, please call Shelby at 406-660-1969 for assistance.

Scroll down to view the meeting agenda and more!


Location: MainStay Suites & Sidney Fire Hall, Sidney, MT

02:30 PM – Tour of Kraken Oil’s BitCoin gas flaring operation (Meet at the MainStay Suites Lobby to load onto bus! There will be a short 20-25 minute drive to the tour site!)

05:00 PM – Dinner at the Fire Hall

06:00 PM – Presentation by Dick Vande Bossche, ONEOK

Location: Sidney Fire Hall, 1105 3rd Street North West
, Sidney, MT

07:00 AM – Breakfast (MainStay Suites)

08:00 AM – Meeting Call to Order
Roll Call


08:05 AM – Consent Items

Review of Previous Meeting Minutes

08:15 AM – Financial Items
Dues report

Financial statements

08:30 AM – Action Items
Bylaw changes

Board Member Elections
Future Meeting Locations

08:45 AM – Discussion Items
Chairman’s Update: Commissioner Richard Dunbar

09:00 AM – Buz Brown, Ph.D.‑Founder, CEO, and Chairman of ION Clean Energy
Buz Brown has over thirty years of technology commercialization and venture creation experience, including large and small companies, academic and venture capital roles, with particular expertise in early-stage high growth companies. Buz was the founder and/or CEO of over a dozen currently operating companies. Buz received his B.A. from Colby College, his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and was a post-doctoral fellow and faculty member at Yale University.

09:45 AM – Chris Puyear, NorthWestern Energy
Chris Puyear serves as a Government Affairs Specialist for NorthWestern energy where he advocates for policies to secure affordable, sustainable power for NorthWestern’s 340,000 customers. Chris will be presenting information about NWE’s newest expansions in the state, including information about the new Laurel gas plant and its plans to move forward with Montana’s first utility-scale battery storage project. 

10:15 AM – Shelby DeMars, MAOGCC Legislative Update

10:30 AM – John Kotek, Nuclear Energy Institute
With a changing energy landscape, John Kotek will be providing information about how nuclear power plants work and how coal fired generating units, like Colstrip, can be retrofitted to utilize nuclear energy to provide affordable base load power. Check back for more information on this agenda item!

11:30 PM – Jim Halvorson, Montana Board of Oil & Gas 
Jim Halvorson is the Administrator and a Petroleum Geologist with the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (MBOGC), which administers the Montana oil and gas conservation laws; promotes conservation and prevents waste in the recovery of resources; and regulates oil and gas exploration and production. 

12:00 PM – Darryl James, Montana Infrastructure Coalition
Darryl James is the Executive Director of the Montana Infrastructure Coalition, or MIC, which is comprised of volunteer members representing over 100 industry, labor, and trade associations, local governments and business entities. The purpose of the Coalition is to provide reliable information to state and local decision-makers and their constituents regarding the need for infrastructure investment, and to explore economically and politically sustainable methods of funding critical infrastructure in the future.

12:15 PM – Adjourn

Thank you to our 2021 Annual Meeting Sponsors!


Click here to view the 2017 MAOGCC Annual Meeting Minutes (were voted on and approved at the 2018 Annual Meeting)

Click here to view the 2016 MAOGCC Annual Meeting Minutes (were voted on and approved at the 2017 Annual Meeting)

Montana Association of Oil, Gas, and Coal Counties. 1820 N Last Chance Gulch. Helena, MT 59601.