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  • College professors invited for two-day tour of North Dakota’s energy industryFebruary 25, 2015

    Bismarck, N.D. – The Lignite Energy Council and the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) will be hosting a “North Dakota Energy Tour” on August 5 and 6 and will be inviting college professors to participate in the two-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.  The tour will be limited to 30 professors to provide as much individualized information as possible during the tours.

    The first day will focus on the oil industry and will include tours of a refinery and a crew camp. The tour isn’t all work. The second day will include a tour of a power plant and a coal mine.

    “We are excited that the inaugural tour last year was so successful and look forward to expanding our invitation to more colleges and universities,” said Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council. “Our hope for this tour will be college students knowing more about the homegrown energy industry and the economic impact that benefits our state.”

    Ron Ness, president of the NDPC, echoed those sentiments. “More than ever, the oil industry’s future is dependent upon new innovations and technologies that will make developing our natural resources more efficient. These professors are responsible for shaping the minds of future professionals that could very well unlock the next phase of oil development. We want to give professors an opportunity to see the industry and its operations up close and personal so they may pass on their knowledge and experience in the lecture hall and classrooms.”

    This is a no-cost event for professors to attend. The tour will get underway at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center at 7 a.m. on August 5 and will conclude at the same hotel about 6 p.m. on August 6. The stops on the tour will include Dakota Prairie Refinery, Whiting Facilities and Target Logistics on August 5 and the Milton R. Young Station and BNI Coal’s Center Mine on August 6. Professors may register for the tour athttp://www.lignite.com/nd_energy_tour.

    Hosts include Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, and Ron Ness, president of the NDPC.

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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 North Dakota Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 500 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.