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Whiting Petroleum Corporation Donates to Montana Tech


5/9/2011

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, announced today the awarding of a $125,000 gift to Montana Tech. The gift, in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future, will be used to support the Petroleum Department’s ongoing use of the Natural Resources Building (NRB). Montana Tech’s 56,000-square-foot NRB opened in the spring of 2010. The building houses the Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering Department and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. With the donation from Whiting Petroleum, a lab within the NRB will be named after the company.

"This gift is a testimony to the partnership between Montana Tech and Whiting Petroleum," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "Whiting currently employs a number of our former graduates. With Whiting’s significant presence in the Bakken, there are some interesting opportunities for our graduates who want to begin their careers in the Rocky Mountain region."

James J. Volker, Whiting’s Chairman and CEO said, "Whiting values highly its Montana Tech graduates and we hope to employ many more. The contributions of our Montana Tech grads are responsible in many ways for Whiting’s success in our Williston Basin fields as well as our other core exploration and development activities across the company."

For more information, please contact the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.