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Associated Press, Published September 06 2013

US Senate energy committee chairman touring ND

BISMARCK — The chairman of the U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee is touring the western North Dakota oil patch.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is being hosted by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven on Friday and Saturday. The two are meeting with community leaders and energy workers, and Wyden is getting a firsthand look at the development and the region's infrastructure needs.

North Dakota in recent years has become the second-largest oil and gas producing state in the nation. Wyden calls the boom in the Bakken oil fields "historic" and says it's "rewriting the playbook for American energy." He says he wants to see it for himself.

Hoeven and Wyden on Friday toured an ethanol refinery, a reclaimed coal mine, a natural gas processing plant and an oil rig.