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Petraeus visits N.D.’s ‘energy revolution’

Retired four-star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus participates in a discussion about North Dakota oil development in Williston on Tuesday. He was hosted by North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt. Submitted photo

WILLISTON, N.D. – Retired four-star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus visited the Oil Patch on Tuesday and met with local officials at a private event in Williston.

Petraeus was hosted by North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.

Petraeus has a tie to the Bakken through private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., which is partnering with other investors on a 164-acre housing development in Williston. Petraeus works for KKR as chairman of the KKR Global Institute.

“The energy revolution that North Dakotans are leading has implications for the entire world—from right here in North Dakota to the Midwest to Eurasia,”  Petraeus said in a statement. “I am very grateful to have the chance to meet some of the remarkable people who are serving the citizens of North Dakota, and to learn from them about both the opportunities and the challenges here.”

Petraeus met with community leaders from several of North Dakota’s oil-producing communities and discussed issues such as housing, infrastructure and public safety.

Schmidt, who invited Petraeus  o North Dakota, said in a statement she’s glad the group had the opportunity to discuss a range of issues.

“We are at the epicenter of the North American energy revolution, which has brought us enormous benefits but also our own unique set of challenges, too,” Schmidt said. “We are pleased to welcome a great American leader, General Petraeus, so that he can see and hear firsthand from North Dakotans about what is happening in our great state.”

Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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