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We all know the importance of the Bakken because we live here, but how much do people outside the region know about our oil fields?

     Leaders in Washington are getting a better understanding because they have been visiting here all summer.

     During the last few weeks, the Interior Secretary and the Post Master General have been here, and today Congressman Kevin Cramer brought the Majority House Leader to western North Dakota.

 According to the Department of Mineral Resources, the Bakken is pumping out more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day.

     "North Dakota's got it right. The government here, the state works in partnership with the private sector, to ensure environmental soundness, and to allow for the maximization of energy production in this state," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor spent time with industry leaders this morning to learn more about what makes the Bakken tick, and he also spent some time learning what fracking is, and why it works in North Dakota.

     "There's a lot of lessons to be learned by Washington from what's going on here in North Dakota," added Cantor.

City leaders met with Cantor at a round table this morning, and Mayor Ward Koeser says he feels good about what the majority leader said.

     "I think he recognized why we would be concerned about the federal government getting involved in this whole process. We regulate this at a state level, and we think that's how it should be regulated," said Mayor of Williston Ward Koeser.

 Koeser says he's happy Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp, and Congressman Cramer are bringing national leaders to the oil field because it helps people in Washinginton understand how important that Bakken is to the rest of the country.

      "When he can develop relationships with people like congressman cantor, and get him to come out and see his home state and what's going on here that's a very positive thing," Koeser added.

 Cantor also met with the North Dakota Petroleum Council Board of Directors.

    "I hope to be able to tell the President that there is a lot for him to learn here, as far as energy production here in America. North Dakota seems to have gotten it right," Cantor added.

During this legislative session, the house has passed 17 energy bills.

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