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Neset is Oil Ambassador

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When special guests come to North Dakota, wanting to learn about the state's booming oil industry, Kathy Neset is often there to meet them.

Neset operates a consulting service that serves the oil industry from its base in Tioga.

And it's a business that's growing into a new headquarters - even as Neset continues to tell the oil story to all who are interested.

When presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited North Dakota, Kathy Neset was there - explaining fracking and showing the candidate how shale produces oil. She's made the presentation many times to many visitors and residents. It's kind of become her job.

(Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting) "How did it come to be? It just evolved. It was one of those things that I was just so fortunate to be involved in. I really had an interest in education and talking to people."

Neset says she likes to present the facts to people learning about oil production in North Dakota and let them decide what to think about it. Meanwhile, she is overseeing a boom in her oil well site geology service - since 1980 Neset Consulting has helped companies figure out what's underground and how to make the most of the state's oil reserves.

(Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting) "Well site geologists, we were basically drilling vertical well bores, we're now geosteering horizontal well bores and have simply grown with the industry."

That recent growth followed some pretty lean times - times that were made bearable by the fact that her husband is a farmer and they live on his family's land. It means that the Nesets are involved in both of the state's top two industries.

(Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting) "A person can't get any luckier than that I mean agriculture, I was just listening to somebody talk yesterday saying oil is a big king now but we are an Ag state and that's what really kept us alive as a family through the 80s and the 90s, it was not oil, it was agriculture - we farmed."

As work gets close to completion on her company's new home just north of Tioga, Neset plans to continue her efforts are educating people about the natural resource that's fueling the state's economic good fortunes - she'll just be doing it from some nice new digs.

(Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting) "To be quite honest with you I think it's going to work just fine!"

In Tioga, Jim Olson, KX News.

Neset opened her oilfield consulting service in 1980 in Tioga.

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