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Baucus Announces Bakken Infrastructure & Energy Jobs Tour

Senator Continues “All Hands on Deck” Call to Action for Energy-Impacted Montana Communities

 


Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus will be in Culbertson at the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority, 5808 Hwy. 16, on April 4 at 10:30 a.m. to announce the latest breakthroughs in his call to the White House to unleash every appropriate resource to assist with the infrastructure needs of Montana communities most impacted by the energy boom in the Bakken.

“Montana communities throughout the Bakken region are some of the nation’s most dynamic areas for job growth – it’s only fair that they get the tools necessary not only to absorb the shock of the energy boom, but to emerge even stronger for the long haul,” said Baucus. “Supporting economic growth in the Bakken region is not only a pressing issue for Montanans, but it is an urgent issue of national interest that deserves all hands on deck.”

In a letter to the President, Baucus pressed for a multi-agency approach to more efficiently address the urgent infrastructure needs associated with the oil and gas boom in Eastern Montana. During his infrastructure and energy jobs tour, Baucus will offer updates and announcements related to his call to action.

Joining Baucus for portions of the infrastructure/energy jobs tour will be:

USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook; Montana Rural Development Montana State Director Matt Jones (USDA); Economic Development Administration Montana Representative John Rogers; Small Business Administration Regional Director Daniel Hannaher; Small Business Administration Montana Director Joe McClure.

Senator Baucus, representatives from USDA Rural Development leaders, the Economic Development Administration and the Small Business Administration and community leaders including: Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers; Culbertson Chamber President Bruce Houle; Great Northern Development Corporation Executive Director Martin DeWitt.

Baucus Oil Rig Visit: Baucus will accompany a water truck to an oil rig to discuss Energy Jobs Q&A, discussion of water and infrastructure needs related to oil drilling at 11:45 a.m.

Baucus in Sidney

Senator Baucus, representatives from USDA Rural Development, the Economic Development Administration and the Small Business Administration along with local businesses, education, law enforcement, and community leaders including:

Richland Economic Development Executive Director Leslie Messer; Sidney Chamber of Commerce Director Wade VanEvery; Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser will meet at the Eastern Ag Research Center, 1500 N. Central Ave. on Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. where they will hold an Economic Development Emergency: Energy Jobs Roundtable. Contact: Kate Downen 406-224-5056/Kathy Weber 406-329-7980/Jenny Donohue 202-224-4515.

 

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