Ohio Oil and Gas Trade Groups Hosted Roundtables with the State’s Congressional Delegation on the Oil and Gas Industry

Ohio Oil and Gas Trade Groups Hosted Roundtables with the State’s Congressional Delegation on the Oil and Gas Industry

September 27, 2021

Hart Energy reports on how trade groups representing the Ohio oil and gas industry recently completed a series of educational roundtables with members of the state’s congressional delegation aimed at clearing up misconceptions about their industry.

Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) said in a statement today, “The messages we delivered to the delegation were pretty simple. We asked them to look past the headlines coming out of administration and come hear from those who go to work every day on behalf of this industry to understand how seriously we take the protection of human health, safety and the environment.”

OOGA, in partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), hosted a series of roundtables with U.S. Representatives Bill Johnson, Bob Gibbs, and Troy Balderson as well as U.S. Senator Rob Portman to ensure Ohio’s congressional delegation is familiar with the oil and gas industry. 

“We wanted them to know we are part of the climate change solution, not the problem and that we are proud of the work we do powering our economy every day,” Chadsey added.

The roundtables, which will be first in a series, included tours of Williams’ natural gas processing facility in Scio, Ohio, and a drilling rig in Licking County.

U.S. Rep Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio, 7th) said:

“Despite the current anti-energy policies of the Biden administration, I am confident Ohio will continue to be a leader in the energy industry. Ohio is a vital player in our future as an environmentally and economically sustainable energy-producing nation.”

U.S. Rep Troy Balderson (R-Ohio, 12th) said:

“When politicians in Washington choke domestic oil and gas production, consumer demand does not change. The result is increased reliance on foreign sources, fewer American jobs, and weakened energy security. Oil and gas are about more than just fuel in your tank and lights in your home, they are key components to thousands of products we rely on every day. Ohio’s energy jobs are essential to the long-term economic success of both our state and the nation.”

We commend OOGA and OOGEEP for putting on such an important event around the importance of the oil and gas industry. It is always comforting to see elected officials listening to the interests and concerns of the constituents they represent. Especially when it comes to energy policy that has turned into an arena for puppet politicians to push GND policies to appeal to the eco-left while ignoring the immense benefits the oil and gas industry brings to the U.S. and the states they represent. Ohio is one of the many energy-rich states across the United States with millions of dollars in economic activity, workforce wages, and tax revenue being brought in by the oil and gas industry and we are glad their elected officials see the industry’s importance.