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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) was awarded the American Petroleum Institute (API) Achievement Award by the Williston Basin Chapter of API for accomplishments and positive contributions to the oil and gas industry throughout the Williston Basin.

The EERC received the award during the API Williston Basin Chapter’s annual awards banquet in Williston, North Dakota, in mid-November. In attendance were Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset, and many other dignitaries.

The Williston API Achievement Awards highlight the achievements of companies and individuals whose tireless work, innovative solutions, varied business activities, and community involvement produce the energy and economic activity that fuel our communities and country.

The EERC won in the Industry Innovation category, which recognizes significant achievement for advancements in technology, systems, processes, and their application in the oil and gas industry in the Williston Basin. Innovative technologies and processes have led not only to the development of oil and gas resources in the Williston Basin but have also provided solutions to associated challenges such as reducing gas flaring, controlling dust, reducing truck traffic, increasing recovery percentage, and more.

API’s granting of this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated companies and professionals who contribute to the continued growth and prosperity of our industry and communities.

“We are very honored to have received this prestigious award and sincerely thank the Williston API Chapter for acknowledging the impact our oil and gas programs have on the Williston Basin,” said EERC Vice President for Research Ed Steadman. “We would not have received this award without our industry partners and the hard work, daily diligence, and personal commitment of our amazing team—it is our honor and privilege to work alongside each of them every day,” he said.

Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, JohnHarju, was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement – Individual Award. For more information, visit