Federal Energy Strategists Hold Review in Bismarck, ND

By The Bakken magazine staff | September 22, 2014

Federal and White House leaders visited North Dakota in early August as part of a national review of the country’s energy strategy.

The meeting, held on the Bismarck State College campus, was led by the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, along with U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, who proposed the meeting to be held in North Dakota, and John Hoeven, who also proposed a quadrennial energy review, spoke during the meeting.

“To truly talk about our nation’s energy strategy, it has to include North Dakota. That’s why I pushed for Secretary Moniz to hold one of the Department of Energy’s national energy policy meetings in our state,” said Heitkamp. “North Dakota is on the forefront of energy development and we’re doing it all—oil, gas, coal, wind, and biofuels. We have a great deal of insight to offer as the administration seeks input from communities across the country about energy transportation, infrastructure, and development.”

The review, which includes a series of meetings across the nation to examine critical energy issues, was formed to help the administration develop a national policy for energy infrastructure as part of President Obama’s Quadrennial Energy Review.

The goal of the QER is to help the federal government provide affordable, clean, and secure energy services to Americans. The meeting focused on infrastructure constraints, with a specific focus on Western North Dakota.

“Secretary Moniz heard firsthand about the vital role North Dakota’s energy resources and infrastructure play in our national energy strategy, and I greatly appreciate that he agreed to visit our state as part of his meetings across the U.S.,” said Heitkamp.

Heitkamp called on the DOE to more quickly improve drilling permits on federal and Indian lands, address energy development issues facing MHA Nation, and build out roads and bridges to make them safer and accommodate the increased number of vehicles around the Bakken.

“Secretary Moniz has shown an openness to making sure the U.S. is using a diverse array of energy sources,” said Heitkamp.