Senate energy committee chairman to visit Bakken

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will tour western North Dakota on Friday.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will host Wyden for a two-day tour of the Bakken region, including visits to a drilling rig, hydraulic fracturing site, gas plant and a workforce housing facility.

The group also will tour the Coal Creek Station power plant and Blue Flint Ethanol biorefinery.

Friday evening, the senators will hold a roundtable discussion with industry and tribal leaders in Watford City.

“As Chairman of the Energy Committee, I want to see for myself whether federal policies are keeping up with the pace of development there, and how to make sure that the U.S. is protecting the environment while maximizing the economic advantages of shale oil and gas,” Wyden said in a statement.

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