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It may not be the holiday season just yet, but the oil and gas industry has already been doing its best to instill the warm fuzzies in others this fall – both literally and figuratively. More than 1,300 winter apparel items were collected during the NDPC’s 2nd Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing drive this fall. The items will be distributed to communities in the Bakken to help those in need as cold weather approaches.
E&M Services collected more than 360 items to help win $1,000 for the Calvin Hystad Memorial Scholarship, which was the charity of its choice, and will also match that contribution with their own $1,000. E&M Services is an oilfield service company based in Watford City that employs more than 100 people throughout Watford City, Arnegard, Sidney and Williston.
“Being a good neighbor is important to E&M and collecting winter clothing items for others in need was an awesome team effort across our offices! We were excited to contribute,” said Joe Erickson, CEO of E&M Services.
Statoil, an operator based in Williston, collected the most items for companies with fewer than 100 employees and will also receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of its choice.
“We’re always so humbled by the generosity of our member companies and their employees who volunteer their time and resources to help make our communities stronger,” said Tessa Sandstrom, communications director for the NDPC. “Even as the industry goes through slower and more difficult times, the commitment to community remains strong.”
The Spread the Warmth campaign is one of three hosted by the NDPC, including a blood drive that was held in February and the upcoming Fueling Food and Fun food and toy drive scheduled to run from November 21 through December 16.
Hess Corporation was proud to participate in a dedication ceremony today to commemorate the opening of the new Collaborative Energy Complex at the University of North Dakota College of Engineering in Grand Forks.
Hess in 2014 committed $5 million over five years to support the UND Collaborative Energy Complex, which forms a major engineering education and research facility on campus.
“Hess is a proud supporter of the UND College of Engineering,” said Steve McNally, Hess General Manager of North Dakota, in an address at the dedication ceremony. “This world-class facility will not only help meet the needs of Hess and the industry, it will also develop individuals with the education and skills needed to move the state into the next phase of oil and gas development.”
Funding for the complex was done almost entirely by private donations, showing the value of private-public sector partnerships. Hess’s support funded the new Innovation Lab, Drilling Simulator Lab, 3D Visualization and Reservoir Simulation Lab. Hess also supported a North Dakota Oil and Gas History Display to help educate students and the public on the history and benefits of the industry to the state. All of these areas and equipment creates an environment for students to explore the future of oil and gas.
ICYMI – OIL INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES BAKKEN COMMUNITY DONATIONS
The New Town Ambulance Service will be able to purchase new equipment thanks to an $80,000 donation from Slawson Exploration Co. reported Forum Communications.
The check presented this week will allow the ambulance service to purchase radio equipment, medication infusion pumps and CPR devices.
According to Forum Communications, New Town, which is in the heart of the Bakken, continues to see about a 10 percent increase each year in ambulance calls, said ambulance service manager Brandon Gosch.
Also this week, Hess Corp. announced a donation of more than $41,000 to the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) in Watford City for the purchase of colonoscopy equipment.
“McKenzie County Health Center is a critical access, acute care hospital that many employees and families in the energy industry rely on,” said Steve McNally, Hess General Manager North Dakota. “Our contribution allows the surgeon to add a level of service that has not been available in the community before.”
Hess is just one of many oil and gas companies that have donated significant resources to MCHS. MCHS has received $1 million from ONEOK, $250,000 from Oasis Petroleum, $300,000 from Kinder Morgan, $100,000 from Lund Oil Inc., $50,000 from XTO Energy and $10,000 from QEP.