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  • Pick Up the Patch! and Community Clean-Ups to Begin This WeekApril 18, 2016

    Bismarck, N.D. – Several Pick Up the Patch! and community spring clean-up events are slated to begin this week and many will continue through May. The oil and gas industry volunteer to help communities clean up cities and roadways as part of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s (NDPC) award-winning Pick Up the Patch! Program each spring.


    “We’re excited to kick-off this year’s community clean-ups and are thrilled by the interest shown by our member companies,” said Alexis Brinkman-Baxley, government affairs manager for the NDPC and founder of the program. “Now, more than ever, we believe it’s important to remain engaged in our communities. The interest and participation in these events demonstrates that our members and their employees are invested in the community and are here for the long-run.”


    Scheduled events include:


    April 22:                      Minot & Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Clean-Up

    April 22:                      New Town Spring Clean-up

    April 23:                      Williston Spring Clean-up

    April 25-30:                 U.S. Highway 85 Clean-up Week

    April 25-30:                 Watford City 5th Annual Pick Up the Patch

    April 29 – May 14:      Dickinson Spring Clean-Up

    May 11:                       Tioga Clean-Up

    May 17:                       Stanley Pick Up the Patch


    Event organizers are looking for volunteers and donations of bottled water, gloves and trash bags. Those interested in participating or donating supplies should contact event organizers.


    Pick Up the Patch! was launched in 2012 to clean up the litter left behind after the snow melted and to encourage a no-litter culture. The program was awarded the Environmental Partnership Award by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) last fall for demonstrating innovation, dedication and passion for the environment. Last year, more than 800 industry volunteers participated in the program and helped collect more than 1,000 bags of trash in communities and along more than 125 miles of roadways.


    For more information on Pick Up the Patch Events or to contact the Team Leader in your area to request a clean-up, visit energyofnorthdakota.com/solutions/pickupthepatch/. A full list of scheduled events and details can be found at https://energyofnorthdakota.com/event/pick-up-the-patch/.





    About the North Dakota Petroleum Council

    Since 1952, the Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 500 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region. For more information, go to www.ndoil.org.



    Media Contacts:

    Tessa Sandstrom

    Communications Manager

    ND Petroleum Council


    [email protected]


    Alexis Brinkman-Baxley

    Government Affairs Manager

    ND Petroleum Council


    [email protected]