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Guests - Katie Kinmonth Assistant Director, Communications and Dara McBee Senior Director, Communications

From oerb.com - The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) was founded in 1993 by the state legislature at the request of the oil and natural gas industry. Our leaders' vision was to leverage the collective strength of the industry to restore land associated with historic well sites and help support educators across the state. Since that time, the OERB has cleaned more than 18,000 historic well sites at no cost to landowners and has provided millions of dollars of free classroom equipment. The OERB remains the gold-standard for voluntarily supported oil and natural gas programs in the nation.

We can provide you with the tools you need to teach students about the oil and natural gas industry, like free curricula, supplies, training opportunities and workshops.

Despite the global pandemic in 2020, the oil and natural gas industry remained by far the largest taxpayer in Oklahoma and supported 145,ooo jobs. These dollars are making an impact on the local level too, helping fund education and county roads. Read the report below.

While well sites help power Oklahoma, they are no place for anyone but trained industry professionals. Period. Pump jacks, storage tanks, pipelines and any area around a site are dangerous, even if they do not appear to be active. Not to mention, it is illegal and carries trespassing fines and even jail time. So leave it to the professionals and avoid these sites so we can keep Oklahoma safe.

The people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas have voluntarily invested more than $138 million to clean up orphaned and abandoned well sites left by companies that no longer exist – more than 18,000 sites in all – at absolutely no cost to landowners.

This practical and economical four-step restoration process follows recognized environmental standards. Common restoration requirements include:

Removing or burying lease roads and location pads.

Removing equipment, concrete, trash and debris.

Repairing erosion and saltwater “scars” left on the land.

Treating hydrocarbons and closing pits.

Providing the energy our state and nation depends on can never come at the expense of Oklahoma's air, water, land or safety. Our commitment to taking care of the environment goes hand in hand with our industry's focus on continuous innovation, which will help us build a more sustainable future.

From soer.oerb.com - Sustaining Oklahoma's Energy Resources (SOER) is a committee under the authority of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). Under the OERB, our committees and staff work to provide valuable workshops and roundtables that feature expert speakers from across the nation. SOER has added a Research & Technology Subcommittee dedicated to bringing forth emerging technologies through grants. We also host the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo, now in its 25th year.

Both SOER and the OERB are champions for and funded by the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas. By merging the two, the missions of both have been enhanced. SOER is a proud supporter of Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry and is leveraging this merger into new opportunities for producers and royalty owners.

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