North Dakota’s energy economy, along with agriculture, forms the backbone of our state’s economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, North Dakota is the number two state for crude oil production and possesses the “single largest deposit of lignite [coal] in the world.”

The industry supports tens of thousands of jobs both directly in the extraction and production of raw energy materials – oil and coal – and in the ancillary jobs that supply the needs of the businesses and workers.

Renewable energy is also a large part of North Dakota’s energy economy. With our near constant wind, we are the number five producer of wind energy and wind-powered electricity is the second largest electricity source after coal. The Garrison Dam on the Missouri River is our state’s only hydro-electric plant, and it produces roughly 5 percent of our electricity needs. The state also produces 490 million gallons of ethanol per year and 85 million gallons of biodiesel, both in the top ten among the states.

Harnessing North Dakota’s abundant natural resources has led to widespread prosperity through good-paying jobs, low unemployment and rising wages.

Congressman Armstrong is an advocate for all of North Dakota’s energy producers in Congress. He’s fighting for pro-growth policies that will help North Dakota’s energy economy continue to prosper for years to come.

Please click here for more information about North Dakota's energy industry from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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July 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong has issued the following statement on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s order that the Dakota Access Pipeline be shut down by August 5:

“The decision to shut down the Dakota Access is irresponsible and wrong-headed. It ignores all prior precedent and is a win for radical environmentalists. The pipeline has been operating without issue for over three years. This decision will be devastating to North Dakota’s economy, energy industry, and the nation’s national and energy security.”


July 6, 2020 In The News

North Dakota’s congressional delegates in Washington say a federal judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline by August 5th is “terrible,” “a win for radical environmentalists,” and one that will “severely impact our state’s economy.”

In statements released Monday morning, the three Republicans signaled their disappointment with Judge James Boasberg’s order.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) preempting Washington State’s crude-by-rail law:

May 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT members Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) led a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr in support of the Department’s opposition to nationwide injunctions and the Department’s effort to challenge the District Court for the District of Montana’s nationwide injunction of Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R, N.D.) released the following statement today on the announcement that Great River Energy plans to retire the Coal Creek Station in 2022:

April 28, 2020 Press Release

BISMARCK – U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement on the Department of Energy submitting its report on the Sandia National Laboratories Crude Oil Characterization Research Study to Congress today:

April 22, 2020 In The News

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April 13, 2020 In The News

Twenty-three countries came to an agreement yesterday in an effort to halt an oil price war.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, plus 10 other allied oil producing nations, agreed to cut production by nearly 10 million barrels a day in an attempt to stabilize the market.

This may put a "price floor" on oil prices, but has shown no sign the agreement will address demand and price issues long-term.

March 10, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong discussed the impact of Saudi Arabia's oil production boost and price reductions on U.S. energy producers on "Varney & Co." on Fox Business Network today.

"North American shale companies have proven markets and the Saudis wrong before," said Armstrong (R, N.D.).

February 12, 2020 Media Resources

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong fiercely defended hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on the House floor this week during debate on a resolution to affirm that any president "should not declare a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal lands."