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North Dakota's booming energy sector is no secret to anyone who lives or does business in the state, but there are many others who don't know what it has to offer. Today, Senator John Hoeven showed off some of the bright spots to Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

North Dakota is leading the way in energy development in the country. And Senator Hoeven says there's a lot the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources can learn by visiting the state.

"We can do a good job of developing energy for this country, making the country self-sufficient in energy production, jobs, national security issues, but also that we can do it with good environmental stewardship," says Senator John Hoeven.

Senator Wyden knows a thing or two about energy. He's made stops in other energy-producing states like West Virginia and Alaska. And he says that's helped him see why taking a states-first approach to energy policy when it comes to things like hydraulic fracturing regulations may be a better approach than a federal, one size fits all view.

"One issue I've been exploring and I'll ask North Dakotans about this is what they would think of the idea of saying that what happens underground should be handled at the state level, so that reflects matters like the geological differences in regions of the country," says Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

Despite referring several times to their "bipartisan" efforts, the two don't see eye to eye on everything, especially when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline.

"I know that the pipeline is good for Canada, and I want to hear how North Dakotans see it at this point," says Wyden.

"We still have an incredible need for it.  As a matter of fact I'm going to take him out to Watford City and show him some of these roads where we can take 500 trucks a day off our roads with the Keystone XL pipeline.  So that's why it's important that he's here to see why this infrastructure is critical," says Hoeven.

They did agree on the need for increased infrastructure in North Dakota, and said there is more that they agree on than what they disagree. The Senators say they want to find ways to work together to get things done.

Sen. Wyden says North Dakota does set the gold standard in things like requiring companies to report spills of hazardous chemicals, saying that in North Dakota, companies have to make a report when just one barrel is spilled, and other states don't require that until ten barrels or more spilled.

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