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By Renée Jean [email protected]
When she was a child Emily Snooks dreamed of being a symphony conductor, but the projects she orchestrates today are quite different.
Snooks is XTO Energy’s public and government affairs manager, and handles parent company Exxon Mobile’s charitable giving in six states. She was recently chosen as one of the Top 40 Women in Energy by the Denver Business Journal, primarily for her work in the Bakken.
Snooks is in town this week doing some more of that Bakken work. The agenda included such things as giving a tour to officials with the Department of Mineral Resources, as well as dropping in next week on a teacher appreciation event at the Grand Williston. Those are all fun things, of course, but the best part to her was thin and flimsy and hidden from sight — but no less powerful.
“I’ve got a stack of checks in my bag to give out for this trip,” she said, beaming. “That’s absolutely the best.”
Among the surprise checks are some that will support 4H and FFA organizations in Williams, Dunn and Mckenzie counties in North Dakota and Richland County in Montana, as well as money for three or four first responder units in the area.
“Supporting our fire departments and EMTs is a huge priority for XTO,” Snooks said. “North Dakota is unique in that so many departments depend on volunteers, and we certainly know there has been a population increase because of oil and gas. We want to make sure we are supporting those first responders. We share the same goals. Safety is our top priority.”
The year isn’t over yet, and the giving already tallies more than $60,000 Snooks said.