Members of the media and citizens alike often portray the Bakken area as being filled with drugs, crime, oil spills, and hordes of mean and burly men. Miss Montana USA Tahnee Peppenger recently visited the area to see what was really happening in the oilfields. Bill Vander of the Sidney Herald reports that Peppenger feels that all of these myths have been debunked for her since she visited the patch last week. Miss Montana USA was able to visit a well site during her stay thanks in part to her sponsorship from the Montana Petroleum Association. She stated, “It was so far from the outrageous things I heard. It was a pleasant surprise.” Peppenger noted, “For any question I had, people were forthright. They were mystified why two young ladies in the oilfield were so curious.”
Peppinger was able to climb a 90-foot high oil derrick wearing a harness during her tour. The Montana Petroleum Association had hoped that Peppinger would see the patch in a positive light and they certainly succeeded. She was crowned Miss Montana USA on Sept 7, 2013, on the platform of better treatment for veterans.