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Published July 26, 2010, 09:19 AM

Petroleum Council Appointee

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has appointed an official from the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center to serve on the National Petroleum Council.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has

appointed an official from the University of North Dakota's Energy

and Environmental Research Center to serve on the National

Petroleum Council.

John Harju, associate director for research at EERC, will

represent the views of institutions engaged in energy and

environmental technology research.

The National Petroleum Council was created by President Harry

Truman in 1946. The council is slated to undertake two major

studies during the term, including future transportation fuels and

prudent development of North American natural gas and oil

resources. The EERC has several programs that address those issues.

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