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Oil Patch Cleanup Continues

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Oil and gas companies are making an effort to clean up the streets, one patch at a time.

Today was Tioga's turn to get cleaned up.

Pick Up the Patch is a program started by the North Dakota Petroleum Council to clean up litter off the sides of roadways.

Volunteers spent the day picking up any trash or debris left over from the winter.

Many of the volunteers are from employees of different energy companies

Groups were given section of road covering about 6 miles surrounding Tioga.

This year's initiative started four weeks ago.

Since then, more than 900 bags of trash have been collected from 20 miles of roadways in western North Dakota.

The coordinator of the Tioga event says it's not just about picking up the trash, but sending a message.

(Patricia Hove, Coordinator) "I hope people see how much it takes to get this put together and that they will think twice before they chuck their stuff out their windows into the ditches."

(Jennifer Winning, Volunteer) "You always see the trash but I'm just surprised just how many bags we've been collecting. We just started a stretch of highway from town to here and there is a lot more than I anticipated."

The next Pick up the Patch will be in the Minot area tomorrow.

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