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ND Petroleum Council presents awards

Submitted Photo Participating in an award presentation to Hess are, from left, Blu Hulsey, NDPC board chairman, 2018-19; Kjersti Armstrong, NDPC board member; Brent Lohnes, Hess general manager; Joel Noyes, Hess senior manager, government affairs and public policy; and Kathy Neset, NDPC board chairman 2019-2020.

WATFORD CITY – During its annual meeting this week, the North Dakota Petroleum Council recognized members of the industry who demonstrate excellence in safety, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

Fortis Energy Services Inc. received the Excellence in Safety Award for its safety program and technology. The technology provides employees a way to receive instant notifications and upload their own observations where they can be instantly reviewed. Understanding how and why an incident occurs is critical to understanding the cause or causes. Since implementation of this technology, Fortis has seen a 75% reduction in the total recordable incident rate.

Hess received the Excellence in Community Engagement Award. In the past five years, Hess has invested about $30 million on community initiatives to strengthen education, workforce development, health and human services as well as support for disaster relief. In 2018, Hess invested about $1 million and supported over 40 local community organizations. In 2019, Hess delivered over 8,000 Hess Toy Trucks and STEM kits to every elementary school in North Dakota. They also brought STEM day to Ramstad Middle School in Minot, including hands on STEM demonstrations.

The Environmental Stewardship Award went to Savage Services, for its Trenton Railport. The Savage Services Trenton Railport has implemented a waste minimization process during the transfer of hydrochloric acid from railcar to truck. By implementing this process, Trenton minimizes the generation of hazardous waste and the costs associated with disposal of scrubber water.

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