Women of the oil and natural gas industry took their message to Capitol Hill this week when API hosted the inaugural fly-in of the Women in Oil and Natural Gas group in Washington, D.C. During their two days on the Hill, these women shared with senators, representatives and senior staffers their concerns about legislation now being debated that would affect their jobs, their families and their communities.
These women hold a wide variety of positions in the industry, including geoscientists, engineers, operations superintendents, managers and vice presidents, and they come from 11 different states. While the majority of the women are from states with oil and gas operations, some live in states that are considering expanding federal access to oil and gas resources, including Virginia.
API President and CEO Jack Gerard said the fly-in was the beginning of what he hopes will be a long-standing tradition for the oil and natural gas industry. “This is an educational and an outreach effort, as we put a real face on this industry. We want our policymakers to meet the hard-working employees of our industry and come away with a better understanding of who we are and what we do to bring Americans the energy they need, now and in the future.”
To see video from the June 10, 2009 fly-in, visit API's Women of oil and natural gas videos.