The oil and gas industry is important to North Dakota’s economy, but is still an industry many people don’t totally understand.
There is a new book written by a North Dakota man that can help teach people of all ages just how important energy is to the state.
Lucas Wurtz has been dreaming about this for quite some time. He’s not just reading a book to his son, Ferguson, he’s reading a book he wrote, about an industry he’s proud to be a part of.
Wurtz is a facility specialist for Marathon Oil Corporation and a lifelong North Dakotan.
This book was an idea Wurtz tossed around for about six months. Now that it’s published and available to purchase, he hopes the story of “Oscar the Little Pumper” can shed some light on the importance of the oil and gas industry.
“I just thought maybe this would bring a little bit of awareness to the kids and maybe even the parents when they’re reading the book to their kids,” Wurtz said. “While I think renewable stuff is awesome like wind turbines and all that there’s just, there’s no replacement for petroleum products like plastic. And I just think it’s a lot of things that people just take for granted and they don’t really think about.”
He hopes his book will get people of all ages thinking about those products, where they come from, and the people whose livelihoods depend on them.
Wurtz hopes to have it available in bookstores soon. He’s also working on ideas for more books in the future.