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  • What does a truck and 65 million year old mammal have in common?August 13, 2015


    …they’re both in this newsletter. Now read on!




    It’s tough being a trucker, and drivers often get a bad rap, but on Saturday, some drivers are ready to prove to the public and peers that they have the skills and expertise to responsibly share the road.

    Purity Oilfield Services is hosting its 2nd Annual Truck Rodeo this Saturday, August 15. Contestants will have a chance to prove they’re the best in the business by maneuvering a professionally designed obstacle course and completing a series of tests while the public is invited to gather and cheer them on.

    But the event isn’t just about allowing drivers to compete for the $1,000 grand prize. The event is just as much about education, outreach and giving back.

    “We will have a truck set up so kids and parents can get in the seat and really see what it feels like to be in the truck and be in the drivers’ position and see the limitations,” said Marshall Hunt, president for Purity Oilfield Services. “But we also really want them to see what we have to offer, see our facilities and also let them know that we’re part of the community with them, and we want to grow with them and be a valued member of the ND community.”

    The event will have a bouncy house and games for kids, free hotdogs and hamburgers, drawing and more. All proceeds will go toward local charities.

    Click here for the full details. 


    Bismarck- North Dakota Geological Survey Intern and Bismarck native Sean Ternes dug up a small fossil with a big significance while participating in public fossil digs on July 9 in Marmarth, North Dakota.

    Ternes, who is in his second summer interning with the Survey, discovered a jawbone of the Glasbius twitchelli.  This mouse-sized marsupial was among the first mammals on earth and existed more than 65 million years ago. The fossil is only about one-half inch long and is believed to be one of the most complete lower jawbones for this species ever found.

    “This is an incredibly significant find,” explains senior Paleontologist Clint Boyd. “This species has never been found in North Dakota before so this gives us new information when comparing faunas in neighboring states.

    Ternes is also a past recipient of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Al Golden Scholarship. This scholarship is tudents who are pursuing post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The scholarships are part of the oil and gas industry’s efforts to help solve growing workforce demands in North Dakota.

    Read more about this significant find.



    XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, today presented Gov. Jack Dalrymple with a check for $5 million as a contribution to North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). The check represents the single-largest contribution to the fund since its inception. The energy company’s $5 million contribution will support affordable housing projects for essential service workers in Killdeer, Watford City and Williston.

    “Thank you to XTO Energy for this generous contribution to the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and for their support of affordable housing development in western North Dakota,” said Dalrymple on behalf of the Industrial Commission. “Helping growing communities address the demand for affordable housing for our workforce is one of the Commission’s top priorities and XTO Energy’s partnership in those efforts will help ensure that affordable housing is available for all North Dakotans, especially those providing essential services.”

    “North Dakotans have welcomed the energy industry to their state, and helping to preserve and enhance the communities where we operate is an essential element of our business,” said Tim McIlwain, senior vice president, XTO Energy. “We support North Dakota’s efforts to provide affordable housing.”

    Still seeking donations

    The $5 million contribution is a great kick start for the fundraising effort, but the NDHFA is still looking for additional commitments for the 24 housing projects given conditional commitments of funds.

    HIF relies on taxpayer support to provide low-cost financing to developers of affordable multifamily housing. The projects, located across the state, will split $34.7 million leveraging $181.5 million in development costs and creating 985 housing units of which 285 are targeted to households that provide essential community services. Approximately one-third of the developments will provide housing for special needs households including disabled, homeless and elderly individuals and families.

    “We look forward to hearing from more of our past contributors and encourage new businesses and individuals to support the Housing Incentive Fund so we can get these important projects completed,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

    More information on HIF is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or [email protected]



    In oil and gas, innovation is key, and Statoil and Hess are set to use it to solve one of the industry’s challenges by partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund and five other companies to crack down on methane emissions.

    The Methane Detectors Challenge aims to identify and bring to market new, cutting-edge technologies that could ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations.

    “Statoil has invested in multiple research and technology initiatives to mitigate methane emissions from its operations globally. As a lesson learned from these experiences, Statoil recognizes that the timely detection of methane emissions remains the single most important factor in addressing this key issue,” said Desikan Sundararajan, senior researcher for Statoil’s shale oil & gas research team.

    The Challenge was launched in spring 2014 and recently concluded its second round of technology testing. It is expected that later in 2015, the top performing technologies will be selected for international industry pilot purchases and trial deployments, testing the most promising technologies in the field at participating oil and gas company facilities.

    Learn more about the Challenge and technologies here.



    Educators from several states get a close up look into North Dakota’s Energy Sector.

    For two days, these educators have been touring facilities like the Dakota Prairie Oil Refinery near Dickinson, and the BNI Coal Center Mine near Center.

    It gave them a chance to learn firsthand about the oil and coal industries.

    Professor Dilpreet Bajwa said despite all of his research, the tour provided him something he could not find in a book.

    “One thing is when you read an article, another thing is what you see.  When you say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So same thing when we came here… They drill the wells, the technology in drilling really is mind boggling.”

    Read the full story by KX reporter, Ben Smith here.



    On Monday, September 21st, the oil and technology industries collide in Fargo at a public event hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and Bakken Backers.

    “Bits + Bytes” will highlight how Red River Valley firms have found opportunity to grow their businesses in the Bakken and includes an education session for the public with the Bakken’s leading experts. Attendees will gain insight on the latest trends and practices in the oil industry, what makes the Bakken one of the most prominent oil fields in the world, and how Fargo, Grand Forks and other regional entrepreneurs are building new companies because of it.

    Mark your calendar to learn more about these companies and how they are bringing new technologies to North Dakota’s oilfields.

    Read the full story about the Bits + Bytes event here.