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Congressmen Visit ND Oil Country

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Six Republican colleagues of North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer are visiting oil country this week.

The seven representatives are members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the US House.

They held a press conference in Minot today to talk about the energy issues that brought them to North Dakota.

The men say they want to learn, first-hand, some of the facts about the state's new-found prominence in the oil industry.

(Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky) "If we're going to be competitive in the global marketplace, we have to have low cost electricity and transportation fuels, and we have the ability to do it. So I think that's the challenge we have moving forward and coming to North Dakota today certainly reemphasizes that to me."

(Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan) "We took the day to kick the tires and really see what's going on here in North Dakota and what the promise is for the future. It was a very productive day."

(Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio) "Seeing what's happened here, the home building, the unemployment rate that is so low, and all of the opportunities and my goodness the cash bonuses to get people to work at fast food restaurants for crying out loud, we're looking forward to having that kind of opportunity come to eastern and southeastern Ohio."

One of the visiting congressmen said he was surprised at the amount of natural gas being wasted - burned off - in the Bakken.

(Rep. Lee Terry, Colorado) "It reinforces my though that congress needs to act to create more demand on natural gas whether it's in transportation or other areas. To see it go to waste like that was really...it hit me."

The group toured several oil-related sites across western North Dakota today before heading back to Washington DC.

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