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Ken Luff


Ken Luff was inducted as the third member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame at the Petroleum Council’s 24th Annual Meeting in September in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ken Luff began working in the oil and gas industry in 1955 and is the owner of Luff Exploration Company, which has been actively engaged in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 40 years. Luff Exploration has been active in nine states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, and currently operates approximately 65 wells in North and South Dakota. In 2005, Luff Exploration produced more than 1.1 million barrels of oil in the Rocky Mountain region.

Ken is a registered professional geologist and has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association (serving as President from 1991-1993 and receiving the Honorary Life Award in 1996), and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. In 2004, he was one of the 54 inaugural inductees in the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and earlier this year he received the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States’ 23rd Wildcatter of the Year award.

Bob Mau, Chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, says, “Ken’s management expertise was crucial in the restructuring process of the Petroleum Council. The association has come through several restructuring efforts in recent years a stronger organization because of help from members like Ken.”