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  • July: Does Fracking Make My Wallet Look Big?August 1, 2016

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2016
       

    BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST BROUGHT THE MEAT AND TREATS TO HUNDREDS

    An estimated 1,800 people came out to the 8th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFests despite the heat to take advantage of information sessions, live entertainment from area musicians and, of course, free BBQ and food served up by the industry’s best cooks.

    The popular event, now in its 8th year, was held in Mandaree on July 19 and Stanley on July 21.  Twenty-six companies in Mandaree and 21 companies in Stanley cooked up more than 1,500 pounds of meat, including 130 pounds of brisket, 670 pounds of pork, 150 pounds of shrimp, 110 pounds of steak, 100 pounds of taco meat, 80 pounds of sausage, as well as 160 racks of ribs, 500 pork chops, and more than 400 brats.

    Thank you to our volunteers for helping organize and work the events and congratulations to our winning Cook Teams!

    Mandaree Judges’ Choice:  Halliburton, Marathon Oil, and Creek Services – Pork Loin, beans, coleslaw and watermelon
    Mandaree People’s Choice: WPX Energy and Wyoming Casing: Pork chop on a stick, corn on the cob, and sno cones
    Stanley Judges’ Choice: Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, Balon Valves and Welltec – Smoked brisket and ettouffee
    Stanley People’s Choice: Nabors Drilling – ribs and beans

    ANOTHER ELECTION SEASON, ANOTHER POLL – BUT THIS TIME ABOUT COOKFEST

    It’s never too early to start planning for a good time, but we could use your input. Help us decide where to plan next year’s events. Take this poll to help us decide where the 9th Annual CookFests should be held!

    VOTE HERE!

    ANGLERS NET CASH FOR MULE DEER FOUNDATION

    The name of the game may be fishing, but when 195 anglers hit Lake Sakakawea for the 4th Annual Energy of North Dakota Fishing Derby on July 20, the beneficiaries were Mule Deer.

    The charity derby helped raise more than $13,000 for organizations dedicated to preserving habitat and conservation projects in western North Dakota, including the Friends of Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota Game and Fish and the Mule Deer Foundation.

    A majority of the proceeds will go to the MDF to help the Richards Ranch Project, a 22,000-acre area north of Beach, ND that will be rehabilitated and put into the PLOTS program for 10 years. This is the largest project of its kind in the program’s history and brought together a diverse group of organizations to support it, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Wild Turkey Federation, Bobcat Doosan, JMAC, XTO Energy, Hess Corporation, and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. It’s kind of a big deal to hundreds of avid sportsmen, so learn more about the project and how you can help here.

    14 anglers earn prove their fishing stories are true (sometimes anyway)
    Mule Deer weren’t the only winners. Five teams did net enough walleyes to bring home a small prize and bragging rights. Congratulations to our placing teams:

    1st PLACE:  Daniel Nitsch (LTR), Rick Ellingson (Oasis Petroleum), and Rich Aisenbrey (LTR) – 17.27 pounds
    2nd PLACE:  Tyler Dokken (Hess), Jason Haugen, and Alex Vournas (Mountrail-Williams Electric) – 16.92 pounds
    3rd PLACE:  Steve Hackley (Double EE Service Inc.), Mark Schaubhut (Double EE Service Inc.), and Derek McKeil (Double EE Service Inc.) – 16.59 pounds
    4th PLACE:  Andrew Fisketjon (Petrol Shield) and Justin Scarborough (Petrol Shield) – 16.36 pounds
    5th PLACE:  Scott Meschke (Kirkwood Bank and Trust), Matthew Kostelecky (BJ Kadrmas Inc.), and Brad Miller (Kirkwood Bank and Trust) – 16.10 pounds

    The biggest walleye, weighing in at 6.02 pounds, was caught by the team of Craig Gaube, Kurt Ruzicka and Jason Sackman of Corval Group.

    View the full results here.

    HESS PROVIDES CURRICULUM SUPPORT AND HELPS TELL THE FFA STORY

    (Cross posted from FFA newsletter)

    The ND FFA Foundation was honored to be guests of HESS and the ND Petroleum Council at the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference held at the Bismarck Civic Center May 24-27. The conference drew thousands from the petroleum and energy sector from across the nation and internationally.

    In March, HESS provided the ND FFA Foundation with a grant of $26,000 to provide environmental science curriculum to two consortiums. Instructors will be trained on the use of these materials this summer. Further demonstrating their commitment to our young people, HESS invited the ND FFA Foundation to host a booth at the conference’s trade show. This exposure allowed foundation staff and the ND State FFA Officers Brock Saewert and Angela Leier to share with attendees of the conference the diversity of North Dakota’s agricultural education curriculum. From construction, welding, electrical and plumbing to food science and the agricultural sales, FFA’s roots are deep in production agriculture but our members’ skills are vast. This diversity makes our students sought after in many work places. Special thanks to HESS for their investment in agricultural education and the North Dakota FFA.

    And speaking of Mr. Brock Saewart – he’ll be addressing the NDPC Annual Meeting in Minot on Sept. 19-21. You should probably look into it by clicking here.

    DOES FRACKING MAKE MY WALLET LOOK FAT?

    Yes, yes it does, because according to a report by J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, families saved more than $480 in 2015 on fuel thanks to lower prices at the pump as a result of more domestic production. Savings were even proportionally larger for lower income families.

    Also helping pad the wallet was the $780 in saved energy costs in 2014 as a result of larger supplies of natural gas according to the Harvard Business School, calling the U.S. energy boom “perhaps the largest single opportunity to change America’s competitiveness.”

    “This is another reminder that of how fracking is making Americans’ lives better,” wrote Sean Hackbarth for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It means more American energy, lower energy prices, and more money in families’ wallets. An all-around good thing.”

    TAKE IT ALL IN HERE.