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MSU offers course on Bakken oil boom via distance learning

December 21, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN--Montana State University's Department of Earth Sciences and MSU Extended University are offering an online non-credit class called Montana's Oil Boom.

The course focuses on the geologic setting, technology, and economic, social and environmental issues centered around recent energy exploration and development in the Bakken formation of Montana and North Dakota.

The course begins Jan. 15 and features 10 interactive presentations by speakers from MSU's Earth Sciences Department. Presentations take place online each Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Jan. 15 to March 26 (no class on March 12). Students can access from any personal computer with broadband Internet access. Participants will be able to type questions to instructors during the sessions; each presentation will also be archived for future access.

The course will explore the issues of Bakken development, including: Is it a benefit to the nation's energy policy and Montana's economy? How can we factor in the environmental and societal issues that have arisen?

The class will also cover the geology of eastern Montana, the nature of oil and gas deposits, the technology of exploration and development of oil fields and socio-economic impacts of the oil boom in eastern Montana.

The price is $50 or $100 per site license and there are no prerequisites. The course is appropriate for anyone living in, working in or interested in the Bakken, including county commissioners, city government officials and community leaders, school and healthcare administrators, employees of organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other state and federal agencies, as well as citizens who are interested in the economics and natural resource issues surrounding this recent development. Montana teachers can earn Office of Public Instruction renewal units for participating in the course.

Contact Extended University for details. To register online visit http://eu.montana.edu/noncredit/ (the course is listed under Earth Science) or call MSU Extended University's Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683.

Contact: Ann Wells, MSU Extended University Office of Continuing Education, (406) 994-6683, awells@montana.edu