Thursday, February 23, 2012 ■ Page 21 ENERGY BRIEFS
Annual lignite education seminar accepting registrations Registration is open for the Lignite Energy Council’s Teacher Education Seminar:
Energy, Economics and Environment. The seminar provides instruction on economics of the lignite industry, job cre- ation and the need for more workers, energy conservation, and transmission. Edu- cators will tour a lignite mine, a power plant fueled by lignite and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. Teachers will take home handouts, videos, coal samples and class- room activities. Teachers who attend and complete a lesson plan can choose from one of three of
gy Center of Excellence. Teachers from all grade levels should apply before April 13. The online application for North Dakota teachers is available at http://bit.ly/ACD7ci
. Out-of-state teachers also can use the website to fi nd out more information on how they may qualify to be sponsored by their electricity provider.
OSHA investigating death near Parshall PARSHALL (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in-
vestigating an oil fi eld death about fi ve miles from Parshall. OSHA Bismarck area assistant director Eric Brooks said he doesn’t believe the death was related to an explosion or an incident at a rig. The man was found dead at about 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 and was reported to
OSHA by Key Energy Services. Parshall is about 60 miles southwest of Minot. Brooks said the death is the fourth OSHA-investigated fatality in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry since Oct. 1. During the previous fi scal year that ended Sept. 30, OSHA investigated seven fa- talities in the industry out of a total of 14 workplace deaths.
these North Dakota institutions from which to receive their graduate credit: Univer- sity of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and Minot State University. The seminar will be held June 18-21 at the Bismarck State College National Ener-
NRC cites Xcel security violation MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal regulators have cited Xcel Energy Inc. for a se-
curity violation at its Prairie Island nuclear plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided few details in the Feb. 16 fi ling.
But it said inspectors deemed it had “at least low to moderate security signifi cance.” NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said the security issue was spotted during an inspection last October and was corrected immediately. Xcel wasn’t fi ned, but she said the agency will conduct follow-up inspections. She said the plant has not been cited for similar violations in the recent past.
Fargo company offering Bakken jet service
Fargo Jet Center is offering an airplane shuttle service to the Bakken oil fi eld. The shuttle goes to Williston, Minot and Dickinson, said Darren Hall, vice presi-
dent of marketing. Travelers are able to book a single seat on a fl ight instead of pay- ing for the entire aircraft. A one-day round trip costs $675 from Fargo to Minot and $775 from Fargo to Dickinson. A trip to Williston from Fargo, Dickinson or Minot costs $875. A one- way trip costs $500. People can contact the jet service with the date they want to fl y. The company will
then coordinate with other passengers to get enough for a fl ight. Four to fi ve people are needed for a fl ight to go out. It takes fi ve hours to drive from Fargo to Minot and seven to drive to Williston.
A fl ight would reduce that to about one hour, which gives people making a day trip more time, Hall said. “One of the great benefi ts of this is travel to western North Dakota is not going to
rule their life anymore,” Hall said. More information is available at 701-373-8816 or http://fargojet.com/shuttle
. — Jessica Holdman
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