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Video: Refiner Plays Its Role in ND Energy Bonanza

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 14, 2012

The sights and sounds of energy-driven growth are all over this video, in which Ron Day of Tesoro Corporation talks about how the company’s Bismarck-Mandan oil refinery has grown along with development of North Dakota’s Bakken shale play:

For the benefit of the energy-jobs deniers out there, let’s underscore Day’s description of the multiplier effect associated with a growing energy sector, which is being seen across North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and other energy states:

“We’re hustle and bustle. We’re growing. It’s a great opportunity for North Dakota: from restaurants to car parts stories, to repair shops – they’re definitely being impacted in a positive way (by energy development).”

Even better? America is energy rich, which means the North Dakota “miracle” can be repeated elsewhere – with the right policies and leadership.


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.