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  • February Newsletter: Companies recognized for safety & other achievementsFebruary 9, 2015


    #TBT: Ditsworth leads oil tax protest (1953)

    In the spirit of #ThrowBackThursday, we’re sharing this photo from exactly 62 years ago. On this day in 1953, Neuman Ditsworth, then president of the Williston Board of City Commissioners, led a march of 300 other individuals on the legislature to protest a tax increase on the oil industry. Also discussed? Tax distributions to western counties. Read about it here.


    Safety within the oil and gas industry and its supporting sectors have come up in news recently, but what is rarely reported are the safety records and milestones that many of companies operating in the oil and gas industry reach. Corval Group, a company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and with an office in Beulah, N.D., recently surpassed 5 million hours worked without a lost time injury.

    “We are excited and proud of this milestone but we are only able to reach these milestones by safely delivering projects, maintenance and service to our customers,” said Corval CEO Paul Jordan in a statement. “We give a special thank you to all of our customers for your work and understanding the value that safety brings to every aspect of our industry. ”

    Corval is just one of hundreds of companies operating in North Dakota that consider safety a top priority. Read more about its achievement here.


    Speaking of Corval, the company is just one of several companies operating in the Bakken that were chosen as finalists in the Rocky Mountil Oil and Gas Awards to be held March 10. Among those being recognized is LT Environmental, Inc., a full service environmental and engineering firm, which is a finalist in two categories: Operational Consultancy of the Year and Excellence in Environmental Stewardship of the Year.

    “We are honored to be regarded so highly among other leaders in the oil and gas industry,” said Tom Murphy, president of LT Environmental. “The recognition is certainly a reflection of the drive and commitment our employees show on a daily basis.”

    Read more about LT Environmental and its achievements here.


    Companies like LT Environmental and Corval Group will be recognized for their achievements on March 10 in Denver when the winners of the awards are announced. The Oil & Gas Awards recognize the outstanding achievements within the upstream and midstream sectors of the North American oil and gas industry. The awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Awards show the industry’s motivation to develop by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of corporations and individuals.

    Read more about the Awards


    Prices may be low, but the dedication to community is high among companies. This week, a Bakken-wide blood drive is wrapping up, and United Blood Services reports they have had many new donors as a result. The final results of the friendly competition will be announced next month.

    Companies continue to give back in other ways. Earlier this month, Northern Electric, Inc., made its third donation to the Minot Family YMCA to support educational, recreational and support programs for families in the area.

    “Northern Electric, Inc. is proud and privileged to contribute to an organization like the YMCA that shares our mission in serving communities like Minot and working side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or race, has the opportunity to participate,” commented Gino Malara, Vice President of Marketing at Northern Electric.

    Read more about the donation here.


    Earlier this week, the Governor signed a bill that will deliver $1.1 billion in surge funding to help with infrastructure throughout North Dakota, a majority of which will go to western counties to help them get a jump start on needed projects this spring.  The oil industry advocated for the bill to ensure communities could continue building a strong infrastructure and foundation for future growth.

    “We applaud the quick passage of the surge funding bill, which will provide critical resources to western counties and communities and help them get a jump start on this year’s construction season,” said North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness. “These resources will go far in ensuring our communities can continue to grow by building much needed infrastructure and affordable homes.”

    The bill also included funding for non-oil-producing counties, making an impact statewide. Read more about it here.

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