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  • College professors invited for three-day tour of North Dakota’s energy industryApril 5, 2016

    The Lignite Energy Council and the Petroleum Council will be hosting the third annual “North Dakota Energy Tour” on August 2 – 4. College professors in North Dakota and surrounding states are invited to participate in the three-day tour.


    The objective of the Energy Tour is to give professors a first-hand look at the state’s two largest energy industries, coal and oil. Besides touring facilities, the professors will also hear from people directly involved in the industries. Applications to participate in the tour are now being accepted until May 2. Space is limited and professors will be notified by May 15 if they have been accepted.


    The first day will include a tour of the Tesoro Oil Refinery in Mandan, ND, along with hearing presentations about the two industries. The second day will focus on the oil industry and will include tours in the western North Dakota oil fields near Watford City. The third day includes tours of the Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, ND, and the adjacent Freedom Mine.


    “The lignite industry is excited to be participating in this tour for the third year,” said Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council. “By hosting college professors, we are helping them learn about the industry and the opportunity it holds for their students.”


    Ron Ness, president and CEO of the Petroleum Council, echoed those sentiments. “The oil and gas industry has evolved over the years and the exploration and production technologies used today are unique to the Bakken.”


    Lodging for two nights, meals and transportation during the tours is provided by the Petroleum Council and the Lignite Energy Council.


    To apply to attend, college professors and instructors need to complete the online application form at http://www.lignite.com/nd_energy_tour


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    The Lignite Energy Council is a regional trade association representing North Dakota lignite producers, electric utilities and 360 businesses providing goods and services to the mines and plants. The lignite industry generates approximately $3.3 billion annually in gross business volume within the state.


    Since 1952, the Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 450 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region.