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    Oil & You

    Many of us are well aware that petroleum products are used to fuel our cars, trains, buses and airplanes, but what many of us don’t realize is that we are likely touching – or wearing – a petroleum product nearly every minute of every single day.

    One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make more than 6,000 different products that we use on a daily basis.

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    Petroleum is a building block of nearly everything we use on a day-to-day basis. It can be found in our pens, crayons, markers and other supplies we use in school and work. It’s in our shoes and our bicycles that take us places. It’s in the calculators, computers, keyboards and tablets that help researching, reading and learning easier. Energy of North Dakota fuel education.


     It may not seem like it, but oil and natural gas are high-tech. Not only the way it’s recovered, but because it is in the latest gadgets we use every day. It’s in our smartphones and computers that connect us. It’s in the speakers and stereos that entertain us. It’s in the cameras and video cameras we use to capture and preserve moments for years to come. It’s petroleum, and it is advancing technology.

     Holiday Cheer

    It’s probably not at the top of your mind during the holidays, but it’s there nonetheless, helping make your Christmas merry and bright. It’s in the lights and ornaments that trim your trees and home, and the wrapping paper that decorate your gifts. In most cases it IS your gifts whether you know it or not. It’s petroleum, and it helps inspire holiday cheer each and every year.

    Health, Medicine & Safety

     It’s a building block in the very things that help keep us safe and healthy. It’s in the gloves, needles, thermometers and other equipment that help safely administer medicine and diagnose an illness. It’s used to manufacture analgesics, antihistamines, antibiotics, antibacterials, cough syrups, lubricants, creams, ointments, salves, and many gels. It’s a key ingredient in helping relieve pain and discomfort. Processed plastics made with oil are used in heart valves and other esoteric medical equipment. It’s used in radiological dyes and films, intravenous tubing, syringes, and oxygen masks. It’s petroleum, and it helps us advance medicine and health.



    Food preservatives

    Pesticides & herbicides

    Clothing & Textiles:

    Tights & nylons


    Polyester and permanent press clothing


    Sports, Hobbies & Games

    Fishing lures and rods

    Golf balls and bags

    Footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls

    Oil paints

    Health & Medicine

    Allergy medication


    Heart valves

    Cough Syrup

    Contacts, eyeglasses & sunglasses




    Toothpaste and toothbrushes




    Mobile Phones

    Televisions & radios

    DVDs & BluRays