The Bismarck Tribune

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Oil companies are giving back millions to North Dakota
The Bismarck Tribune

As oil companies increase their presence in North Dakota, many are finding more ways to give back to local communities.

For Marathon Oil, getting involved locally and supporting the community with donations is a priority, said Terry Kovacevich, Bakken asset team manager. “We’re all trying to encourage each other to make sure we participate in the communities that we live and operate in,” Kovacevich said.

Marathon is the lead contributor to the Housing Incentive Fund, with a $2.5 million contribution, and has pledged $1 million toward St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson. “We felt the hospital was one big way for Marathon to show leadership in giving back to the community,” Kovacevich said.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council is surveying its members to gauge how much the companies have contributed to the community. Some examples include a $25 million donation from Hess to support education, about $4 million from companies toward Minot flood recovery, and between $4 million and $5 million for the North Dakota Heritage Center, said Ron Ness, council president. “I think the numbers are going to be pretty big over the past three years here,” Ness said. “We’re very proud of what they’re doing.”

En disant non au gaz de schiste, le Québec a aussi dit non à la philanthropie… Mais la gauche nous dira probablement que la philanthropie pétrolière c’est de l’argent sale…