Gov. Jack Dalrymple today encouraged the energy industry to expand its role in helping western North Dakota communities minimize the impacts of rapid energy development. Dalrymple promoted community involvement while speaking at the grand opening of Occidental Petroleum's new office building near Dickinson.
"The energy industry is making great strides in helping us address the impacts from rapid growth," Dalrymple said. "We must all work together and I encourage all members of the energy industry to become more involved in the communities in which they live and work."
The energy industry continues to develop pipeline systems which significantly reduce truck traffic. The industry also is building employee housing, developing commercial property and repairing roads - all of which helps minimize energy impacts. But more oil and gas companies should take an active role in community service, Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple is encouraging oil and gas production companies to follow the examples set by industry leaders including Hess Corporation, which is funding a statewide education initiative; Marathon Oil, which has contributed to a state program that develops housing for low-income residents and Target Logistics, which is funding the purchase of new equipment for the Williams County Sheriff's Office.
Dalrymple congratulated Occidental Petroleum on completion of its office building about four miles north of Dickinson and thanked Occidental President Bill Albrecht for investing in North Dakota. Occidental's new office building will house as many as 64 employees and serve as the company's state operations center. Occidental, with more than 1,000 employees and contractors working in North Dakota, is also building a pipeline gathering system that will reduce truck traffic and transport oil, natural gas and water to a central processing facility.