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Media Advisory



Secretary Salazar to Kick-Off Three State Swing to Promote Energy and Tourism as Economic Engines for an America Built to Last


Will Visit Oil Fields in North Dakota, Host Travel & Tourism Town Halls in Nevada and California


03/30/2012


Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416
Melodie Lloyd (BLM) 406-690-0790

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to three Western states to highlight steps the Obama administration is taking to create jobs, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and grow our economy as part of an all-of-the-above American energy strategy and efforts to make the United States the world’s top tourist destination.

On Monday, April 2, Secretary Salazar will visit Dickinson, N.D., and the surrounding area to tour oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate in western North Dakota, where oil and gas production is rapidly expanding on federal, state, and private lands.  

Accompanied by U.S. Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, and Congressman Rick Berg, Secretary Salazar will visit a drilling rig actively producing oil from federal resources; tour a crude oil production facility where oil is processed, stored, and transported via truck, rail and pipelines to refineries across the country; meet with federal employees and hear about the work they are doing to safely expand domestic oil and gas production in the region; and tour private housing accommodations – nicknamed “man camps” – for workers from all over the country who come to North Dakota for high-paying jobs.  

On Tuesday, April 3, Secretary Salazar, Governor Dalrymple, U.S. Senators Conrad and Hoeven, and Congressman Berg will meet with the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota to discuss the economic benefits of domestic energy production for American Indian communities. The Fort Berthold Reservation received more than $117.4 million in royalty revenue in 2011 – a 400 percent increase over the previous year – from the production of oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons on Indian lands.  

On Wednesday, April 4, Secretary Salazar and Senator Harry Reid will host a travel and tourism town hall meeting with Governor Brian Sandoval and local business leaders in Las Vegas, Nevada, to hear how the U.S. government can take additional steps to attract international and domestic visitors to the area. In 2010, tourism and recreational activities on Interior-managed lands in Nevada supported more than 9,000 jobs and contributed $978.2M in economic output.  

In the afternoon, Secretary Salazar will travel to California to host a travel and tourism town hall at the San Diego Zoo. Home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, the San Diego zoo welcomes 3.5 million visitors each year. Combined with the 35 million visitors to California’s national park sites in 2011, the state has plenty of attractions and recreational activities to offer tourists who are planning their next vacation.  

The travel and tourism town halls come as part of the Obama administration’s initiative – launched in January – to create a new national tourism strategy focused on creating jobs by becoming even more welcoming to guests from here at home and from all over the globe.  


NORTH DAKOTA EVENT #1—Workers Lodging “Man Camp” Site Visit 

WHO:

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Kent Conrad, U.S. Senator
John Hoeven, U.S. Senator
Rick Berg, U.S. Congressman  

WHAT:

Workers Lodging “Man Camp” Site Visit & Media Availability // Drilling Rig Visit // Oil Production Facility Visit  

WHEN:

Monday, April 2, 2012
1:20pm MDT  

WHERE:

Media interested in attending these events, please RSVP to Melodie Lloyd at malloyd@blm.gov or 406-690-0790. Additional instructions on locations will be sent to those who RSVP.  

NORTH DAKOTA EVENT #2—Fort Berthold Media Availability  

WHO:

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Jack Dalrymple, Governor of North Dakota
Kent Conrad, U.S. Senator
John Hoeven, U.S. Senator
Rick Berg, U.S. Congressman
Tex Hall, Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation
Jodi Gillette, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development, Indian Affairs
Mike Black, Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs  

WHAT:

Media Availability at Fort Berthold  

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
10:15 am CDT  

WHERE:

Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Nedra Darling at Nedra_Darling@ios.doi.gov.
Additional instructions on meet-up location will be sent to those who RSVP.  

NEVADA EVENT 

WHO:

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Harry Reid, U.S. Senator
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada
Steve Cloobeck, Chairman, Brand USA  

WHAT:

Travel & Tourism Media Availability  

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
10:30am PDT  

WHERE:

The Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89193 

RSVP:

Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Kristen Orthman at Kristen_Orthman@reid.senate.gov for additional information on b-roll opportunity of the town hall

CALIFORNIA EVENT 

WHO:

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Rick Gulley, President, San Diego Zoo Global  

WHAT:

Travel & Tourism Media Availability 

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
3:30pm PDT  

WHERE:

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92112-0551
*meet-up location for media will be at the Zoo’s Warner building 

RSVP:

Media interested in attending, please RSVP to the San Diego Zoo at 619-685- 3291.

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