Itâ€™s been fun visiting and getting to know the folks in oil country hearing their concerns and ideas and findingÂ common groundÂ for ways to support each others needs.
I met Loren Hoffman the retired Parshall city auditor (now working with engineering firm AE2S) and asked him to come to Fargo to give his presentation on the successfulÂ water supply projectÂ that Parshall and the Three Affiliated Tribes have in place thanks to much work from Senator Dorgan. Â Itâ€™s quite the story and demonstrates how importantÂ water managementÂ is for economic development throughout the state.
The Discovery Channel was in Parshall last winter to video the day to day life of our neighbors there documenting some of the effects of energy development for the area. Â It will air in early 2011. Â Hereâ€™sÂ a older article about Parshall oil activity online
Weâ€™ll also be hearing from other leaders about the water needs forÂ energy developmentÂ in theÂ Bakken.
The meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about water issues in western ND,Â particularlyÂ the oil patch.
The Renewable Energy and Conservation committee is hosting the presentation. Â The committee looks for ways to make better use of resources and improve efficiency. Â Members consist of various department heads for the city. Â Iâ€™ve also invited area legislators along with other area leaders to Â attend.
The presentation will be in the Commission room atÂ 8 a.m. Thurs. Â Nov. 4thÂ for about 90 min.