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Federal energy policy meeting to be in Bismarck

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a meeting in Bismarck on Aug. 8 as part of its nationwide review of the country’s energy strategy.

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U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven announced Wednesday that the meeting will be at Bismarck State College.

The meeting is part of President Barack Obama’s Quadrennial Energy Review to help the administration develop a national policy for energy infrastructure.

Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., will speak at the events, as will Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren, and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Janice M. Schneider.

The meeting in North Dakota will focus on infrastructure constraints, with a specific focus on the Bakken, a release from the senators said.  

In addition to North Dakota, regional meetings are scheduled around the country, including in New England, Louisiana, Oregon, Illinois and Wyoming.

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