The North Dakota Petroleum Council was recently recognized with an Environmental Partnership Award by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The NDPC received the award for its Pick Up the Patch! Program, which was launched in 2012 to create partnerships between communities and the oil and gas industry and create a no-litter culture in western North Dakota.
The Pick Up the Patch Program! is in its second year. This year, more than 750 industry volunteers and 70 companies participated in the program and helped collect more than 1,600 bags of trash from roadways and communities in the oilpatch.
“We are proud to accept this award on behalf of all our member companies and their employees who dedicated an incredible amount of time and resources to making the program a success,” said Alexis Brinkman, government affairs manager for the NDPC and manager of the program. “There are many impacts from oil and gas development, such as roads and housing, but this program has been just one way that we can make a visible difference each and every day. We look forward to continuing these and other efforts to give back to the communities in western North Dakota.”
The award, which recognizes a project each year that is led by a non-industry organization in cooperation with an industry partner, recognized Pick Up the Patch! for demonstrating innovation, dedication and passion for the environment. The Environmental Partnership Award is one of four Chairman’s Stewardship Awards presented each year. The awards are the IOGCC’s highest honor for exemplary efforts by the oil and natural gas industry in environmental stewardship.
“Stewardship is one of the great untold success stories in the oil and gas industry, and North Dakota is working to make a positive environmental impact through its Pick Up the Patch! Program,” said IOGCC chairman and Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, who presented the award during the Chairman’s Stewardship Award Presentation & Luncheon held in conjunction with the IOGCC annual meeting earlier in November.
The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety, and the environment. For more information about the IOGCC and the Chairman’s Stewardship Awards, visit http://www.iogcc.state.ok.us/.by