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BSC Hosts National Energy Meeting

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President Obama's Cabinet members and energy leaders from across the country meet in Bismarck to talk policy and infrastructure.

Federal and state officials visit Bismarck State College for the National Quadrennial Energy Review, a meeting that takes place every four years.

The heart of this year's conference focuses on energy infrastructure.

Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven made the push for more pipelines, rail improvements and better roads for truck traffic.

"We need to build more pipeline capacity," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D) North Dakota.

"We need to produce more energy, but we need to get that energy to market, so we cannot do it without the infrastructure," says Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota.

The Governor's focus remains on crude oil safety.

"We want to safen light sweet crudes any way we can reasonably do that. We want to store them properly and then we want to focus on how to transport them as safely as possible," says North Dakota Governor Dalrymple.

That's after a derailment near the town of Casselton, that Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx calls a "wake up call" to the nation.

"We're seeing some light ends in the Bakken crude that suggest a higher level of volatility than we would see in typical crude," says U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

He says Bakken crude often travels longer distances than other crudes putting it at higher risk levels.

"As we raise our game in the production of energy and the ability to create jobs and build a new economy based on energy independence at the same time we've got to raise our game on safety," says Foxx.

Foxx says the Department of Transportation will continue to work with other agencies to research the volatility of Bakken crude.

A hot-button issue currently facing much of the nation.

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