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Royalty oversight program information

ombudsman program

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture's royalty oversight program connects royalty owners and well operators with an independent ombudsman to provide assistance with royalty payment issues.

Complete information regarding the program can be found at:

There is a form that must be filled out which can be accessed at:

If you have questions on the program you can call the special programs line at (701) 328-5110 and select option 1 or email

The Royalty Oversight Coordinator is Jim Hansen and he may be reached at (701) 328-1661.

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The WBROA introduced a bill in the 2023 legislative session to provide more transparency from oil companies regarding royalty payments. The industry worked with certain legislators to completely rewrite the bill without any input from us. The result was the Royalty Oversight Program. 

Not a single word was left in the bill that we introduced. Given the circumstances in the creation of the program, the association believes it should be closely monitored to confirm royalty owners are being treated fairly. 

If you submit a request to the Ombudsman, please send an email to and let us know your experience working with the program. If it is found that the Ombudsman is unfairly siding with the oil companies we need to gather information and take appropriate steps to ensure the interests of royalty owners in North Dakota are being represented as promised in the legislative session. 

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We are exploring options for ways to protect the rights of mineral owners against the ever growing deductions being taken by the industry from royalty payments.

Working with the legislature will require a different approach if that path is chosen. An initiated measure would bypass industry influence over the contents of a bill. Legal action is another avenue that could be pursued if the right information were gathered.

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The mission of WBROA is to educate and encourage Williston Basin Royalty Owners to engage with statewide elected officials, legislators and members of the Judiciary for purpose of providing insight into the expectations of their constituency.


The purpose of WBROA is to help enable Royalty Owners to develop the skillset to comfortably communicate their frustrations and expectations when discussing the treatment of the royalty payment issues in question.

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It’s All About Numbers and People

SCR 4010 provides for an interim study of post production deductions from royalty payments. With an extremely small number of legislators receiving oil royalties we have a large job ahead of us to educate the interim committee. It will be “all” about numbers. We must show and convince the interim Energy and Natural Resources members of what we believe are the inadequacies of the treatment of our interests. How do we accomplish that task?

It's crucial that we communicate the huge financial losses to royalty owners and the taxpayers of North Dakota due to these Postproduction costs.

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Williston Basin Royalty Owners Association. P.O. Box 725, Tioga, ND 58852-0725


WBROA does not purport to offer Legal or Professional Financial advice. We will attempt to aid in developing the language needed to request the proper answers to questions relative to seeking professional legal or financial advice.

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