Dick Broschat was inducted as the second member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame at the Petroleum Council’s 23rd Annual Meeting in September in Bismarck, North Dakota. Broschat is a native North Dakotan having grown up on a farm in the Fessenden area. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1949.
Dick started his career in the oil industry in 1953 as a Junior Engineer with Amerada in Tioga during the first oil boom. During the next 10 years he worked on assignments for Amerada in Tioga, Watford City, Midland, Texas, Hobbs, New Mexico, Seminole, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He returned to North Dakota in 1963 as Amerada’s North Dakota Division Engineer and later as North Dakota Operations Manager. In 1976, he left Amerada to set up his own consulting engineering and management firm (Broschat Engineering & Management).
Dick has been a long time member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Dick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He has written several technical papers on the Williston Basin. He has also served as one of North Dakota’s representatives on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission for five different governors. In 1993 and 1996 Dick and Edie traveled to China where he lectured on Petroleum Engineering and Western Oil Industry practices to Chinese engineers and managers.
Dick has also been active in the Williston community. He served many years on the Williston Economic Development Committee and was president of the Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee for 10 years. He is also active in his church and other charitable organizations.