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Bakken Basics Education Session
Starts: 09/23/2014
Ends: 09/23/2014


Volunteers kicked off the River Valley Clean-Up in Minot on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 and helped clear more than 60 lots of debris and overgrown weeds left after a devastating flood in 2011. Volunteers hope to continue these clean-up efforts and your help is appreciated.

Volunteers may help in three different ways:

1. “Lend a Hand” – Manpower/Volunteers Needed Manpower will be necessary for all of these tasks, particularly cleaning trash out of yards and cleaning up weeds and branches after they are trimmed.

2. “Lend a Tool” – Equipment Needs for Project Heavy duty lawn equipment will be needed to tackle the amount of overgrowth on these lots. For example, we will need walk-behind weed eaters; track skid steers with front mower attachments and larger mowers for cutting taller grass.

3. “A LOT of Help” - Adopt-a-Lot for your Company to clean up from start to finish There will be opportunity for a company with both manpower and equipment to take responsibility for as many lots as they believe their team can tackle. Volunteers may adopt one or more of the 60 lots completed during the kick-off to help maintain through the remainder of this year and possibly into next spring.

Volunteers who would like to help may contact Tessa Sandstrom at 701-557-7744 or or Katie Haarsager at 701-857-0849 or


The North Dakota Oil Can! program is dedicated to developing partnerships by opening the lines of communication and improving the understanding between the petroleum industry of North Dakota and key stakeholder groups such as property owners, policy makers, community leaders, media reporters and the general public. We work to do this through several events throughout the year.

Teacher Seminar
Held each spring, this event expands participating teachers' knowledge of the North Dakota oil and gas industry, from its prehistoric beginnings to the final product.

The seminar covers various aspects of the industry including history, geology, physics, engineering, production issues, refining and marketing, employment needs, and the impact of oil tax on state tax revenues, policy decisions and the state's budget surplus. In addition to learning from a number of industry professionals regarding various aspects of the industry, teachers had the opportunity to tour a well site, drilling rig, producing well, rail facility, reclaimed site, the Mandan Tesoro Refinery, and the North Dakota Heritage Center.

The seminar is funded by the Petroleum Council and a grant from the Oil & Gas Research Council. 

For information on the 2014 seminar, click here.

Bakken Rocks CookFest
Held twice each summer in a community that is being impacted by development, the Bakken Rocks CookFest offers residents the opportunity to get out and learn more about the ins and outs of the oil and gas industry, attend an educational session where they can listen to and visit with the experts of the industry, and best of all, eat some of the best BBQ available in western North Dakota and vote on their favorite team. An alcohol-free event, CookFest offers fun and entertainment for the whole family!

The 2014 CookFests will be held in Kenmare on July 15 and Dunn Center on July 17.

Pick Up the Patch!
From snowmelt to snowfall, North Dakota Petroleum Council members and employees team up with members of the community to help keep our communities and roadways clean with huge community-wide events, Adopt-a-Highway programs, or just by stopping to pick up trash as needed.

To pitch in in or around your community, watch for an event near you! 

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