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4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 Sprin00l Tappin' the Bakken SIDNEY HERALD continental Resources believes in giving back to community BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD Continental Resources is a crude-oil concentrated independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in Rocky Mountain, Mid- Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The company focuses its operations in large new and developing resource plays where horizontal drilling, advanced fracture stimulation and en- hanced recovery technologies provide the means to economically develop and pro- duce oil and natural gas reserves from un- conventional formations. In Sidney, Con- tinental Resources is active in the Rich- !and County Bakken field and has to date, 45 full-time employees. But did you know Continental Re- sources Inc. gives back to the communi- ties in which it has area offices in the Bakken field? Through the local food banks and also area schools, Continental Resources is giving back to the communi- ty. Last year, the Schlumberger Company, based in Williston, N.D., gave in a round about way Schlumberger is a vendor of Continental Resources, and every year it gives Christmas goodies such as meat and cheese tra-ys to those it does business with. The company asked Continental if it would like to give up the goodie trays so that a lump sum may be given to area food banks, which is just what Continental did. "We opted to give up the goodies in or- der to help out the food bank," Russell Atkins, area supervisor for Continental Resources, said. "Fivehundred dollars is a lot of canned goods. That was a nice lit- fie deal. A different deal than what we've ever done before." Another way Continental has taken care of the community is by supporting local schools, providing backpacks filled with supplies to elementary students in Richland County and McKenzie County's East Fairview School. "Supporting youth and education in our community has been a priority for Conti- nental Resources," Atkins said. "Serving as an active member of the community where we operate is an important value of our company. We have been here six years, and we look forward to providing civic leadership for a long time to come." Continental Resources will also provide Maximum fusion welds per hour. All Season. All Terrain. Anywhere in the Continental U.S. FORMULA FUSING Edward Walker Cell: 406.672.9497 Office: 406.453.1542 Email: ed@formulafusing.com www.formulafusing.com Russell Alkins, area supervisor for Conti' nental Resources, left, makes a backpack donation to Sidney Superintendent of Schools Daniel Farr. students in North Dakota with at least 800 Filled backpacks, along with continuing its mission for Richland County's stu- dents for the 2010-2011 school year. "We do impact the area," Atkins said. "We bring jobs and hopefully, a good place to work. These jobs bring a lot of money in the area. These employees do their shopping here in Sidney, or in our basin. That in turn helps us all." Continental Resources, as most compa- nies in the industry, pay attention to edu- cation in academics such as math and sci- ences. If you're in the industry, it's most likely that some of what the job entails is numbers and working with math/science. "We're competing with Pakistan, China and Japan. Those guys are good," Atkins said. "I work with them. This company wants to see to it that we take care of our future employees- our students. Corpo- rate guidance covers what our area of- fices do - we give back." Giving also means donating to the Cros- by Hospital, as Continental Resources is working on right now. Sometimes a com- pany doesn't have time to get a man shipped or another family member to a different hospital miles away "We've got to make sure we've got a good medical team for our communities, which in- cludes Crosby, as it flows right through our heavy traffic area (Bakken play) in the industry," Atkins said. If you work in this industry you may not see a state line anymore, as it's a daily commute to different sites. Atkins is one that doesn't really see a border between states (Montana/North Dakota) anymore, and he says, "We have to take care of our own, and our industry is throughout east- ern Montana and much of western North Dakota. I'm proud of Montana. I was born and raised in Cut Bank, but the company I work with covers this entire area." Continental Resources has 13 rigs in place at this time, 19 rigs in place by June 2010, and as a company, Atkin says, "It's good that we give back. We employ the lo- cals, which includes 45 employees in the Bakken play We've been in Sidney for six years now and that's not bad, considering we started out with a pickup and one full- time employee." As long as Continental Resources is hard at work, the communities it reaches will also reap the rewards. For more infor- mation about Continental Resources, go to www.contres.com denieces@sidneyherald.com Prairie Petro-Chem of America, LLP Since 7972 !ii!  !!!!i/      ! Williston, North Dakota : WE SPECIALIZE IN TAXES, YOUR TAXES. At H&R Block we specialize in taxes. Our professionals are expertly trained and always up to date with the changes in tax laws. Which is why they can help you prepare an accurate return, assuring you what you want most, peace of mind. Get it Right. s" Click, call or come over. H&R BLOCK hrblock.com I 800-HRBLOCK 2009 HRB Tax Group, Inc. Tax preparation service available year round. 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