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API Committed to Energy Accessibility and Workforce Inclusion

energy access  workforce  diversity 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted October 21, 2020

As API’s members focus on meeting some of America’s greatest challenges, it’s clear our workers – the men and women of natural gas and oil – are our industry’s most valuable assets. For the future, this industry must continue to attract the best and brightest minds – while building a diverse, inclusive and resilient workforce that will bring energy to America for decades to come.

Over the summer, API President and CEO Mike Sommers wrote to colleagues underscoring the strength in this industry’s diversity, and initiating a conversation among natural gas and oil operators about actions to address disparities in the energy workforce and in American communities more broadly.

This month, Sommers joined Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and a pioneering civil rights leader, to continue this conversation with a one-on-one interview entitled, “Opportunities in the Energy Industry.”

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Energy Industry Preparedness & Response to COVID-19

safe operations  fuel supply  workforce 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted March 20, 2020

As the world copes with a mounting health and economic crisis, America’s natural gas and oil industry remains focused on preserving the health and safety of its workers and delivering critical energy supplies to communities across the country. As an industry, we are committed to operating safely and reliably despite the unpredictable circumstances, implementing contingency plans that ensure the continuity of fuels to market.

These were points of emphasis by emergency preparedness experts at leading energy trade associations during a joint press conference this week that detailed industry readiness and response during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (listen here).

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Celebrating STEM Education, Empowering Solution Seekers

stem  education  workforce  energy industry 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted November 6, 2019

To mark National STEM Day this Friday, API and a group of partners are launching the STEM Careers Coalition that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the K-12 grades, with an emphasis on equity and access.

API, Discovery Education, Chevron, Boeing, Best Buy, The Manufacturing Institute, and Microsoft are committed to advancing the future of education through 2025 and beyond. The goal is to improve the learning experience for 10 million students in 5,000 schools nationwide – through direct investments in classrooms, connecting industry employees and students and creating an easily accessible career portal. Ultimately, the coalition will work to bridge the STEM workforce skills gap – which may leave 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018-2028, according to the Manufacturing Institute.

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Recognizing the Workforce this National Energy Awareness Month

workforce  diversity  stem  energy industry 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted October 15, 2019

Since 1991, October has served as National Energy Awareness Month, recognizing the importance of sustainable resource management and the dedication of the people who enable our energy economy. More recently, this also has highlighted the remarkable role of American resource abundance in strengthening the domestic economy and reducing our dependence on imported energy.

Given that the U.S. is the world’s leading natural gas and oil producer, and is expected to become a net exporter of total energy this year, the story of National Energy Awareness Month is now one of energy security and economic progress – powered, in large part, by innovation and an industrious and tech-savvy workforce.

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Delivering the Second Wave of U.S. LNG Mega-Projects

lng exports  workforce  investments  labor unions 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted August 28, 2019

U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – growing to a record 4.8 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) in the third quarter of 2019 – have been a catalyst for new natural gas resource development, U.S. pipeline and natural gas processing investments and the U.S. economy. ...

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects U.S. LNG exports to more than double again by 2025, which holds the potential for even greater domestic economic benefits, plus a central, emerging role for U.S. energy leadership in global markets.

Realizing these benefits is critically dependent on the United States’ ability to build and deliver an unprecedented number of multi-billion-dollar U.S. mega-projects over the next several years. When ”demographics are destiny” and the average age of a welder in the U.S. already is over 57 years, we should remain optimistic about the potential to build these projects but also pragmatic about the policies and business environment needed to achieve the goals.

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Report Shows Industry's Commitment to Workplace Safety

workplace safety  workforce 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 17, 2019

The natural gas and oil industry’s commitment to employee safety has paid off, reflected in API’s new, comprehensive Workplace Safety Report that shows industry’s incidences rate of occupational injuries and illnesses continues to decline and is significantly lower than the rate for the rest of the U.S. private sector.

Industry’s safety initiatives – recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has incorporated a number of API’s recommended practices into its own standards – have been successful. The report is full of data and graphics showing this. 

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Joint Worker Safety Program to Help Sustain U.S. Energy

workforce  unions  infrastructure  safety standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 18, 2018

The deep relationship between the U.S. natural gas and oil industry and America’s building trades unions – the men and women who build much of our country’s energy infrastructure – is getting deeper.

In remarks to the annual legislative conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), API President and CEO Jack Gerard announced a new program to join the best practices of the two organizations in a new safety initiative, applicable to all energy infrastructure construction.

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STEM, Industry on Display at D.C. Conferences

stem  education  workforce  women  technology 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted April 4, 2018

Against the backdrop of the natural gas and oil industry’s focus on developing its workforce of the future, we’re excited to be a part of twin events emphasizing STEM this week and weekend in Washington, D.C. – the US News/STEM Solutions Workforce of Tomorrow conference and the USA Science & Engineering Festival – both at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Look for us at the Power Past Impossible and Energy Citizens booths in convention center’s expo hall.


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The Women of Industry: Continuing Positive Momentum

women in energy industry  jobs  workforce 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 29, 2018

Women continue to advance in the natural gas and oil industry. Yes, there’s more progress to be made – and it will be made – yet, it’s clear the old narrative that our industry remains the realm of men is just so yesterday – yesteryear, really.

This week Royal Dutch Shell announced former Maersk Oil CEO Gretchen Watkins will become president of its North American operations. Last week, Susan Dio was named chairwoman and president of BP America. There are other recent examples, including Julie Robertson, president and CEO of Noble Corporation and Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum.


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Strengthening Communities, Being In Communities

community  safety standards  safe operations  workforce  state of american energy  stem 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 12, 2018

Certainly, Jimmie Pavelock knows what it means to serve in the community. So do members of the natural gas and oil industry. The measure of an industry or a business sector’s commitment to local communities is seen in what they do – as a corporation, or as individuals.

As an industry, we recognize that strengthening the communities in which we operate – and where our employees live and raise their families alongside their neighbors – is about protecting them, providing opportunity for growth and prosperity and in lending a helping hand. It’s about contributing to the greater good.

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