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April 12, 2014

OIPA hosts Rally for the Rigs

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association this week hosted a “Rally for the Rigs” at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

An estimated 1,000 men and women from the state’s oil and natural gas industry attended the event, giving state lawmakers the chance to meet and hear from oil and gas industry professionals whose livelihoods are impacted by legislative decisions affecting the industry.

Attendees heard from industry representatives Jim Greer of Unit Drilling and former OIPA Chairman Mike Cantrell, and from Oklahoma lawmakers, including Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, Sen. Bryce Marlatt, Rep. John Trebilcock and Rep. Leslie Osborn.

“Oklahoma’s government has a long history of doing what’s best for the oil and gas industry because they know that’s what’s best for Oklahoma,” Cantrell said. “We’re not here to protest anything. We’re not mad about anything. We’re just here to remind our legislative friends how important our industry is.”

OIPA President Mike Terry, of Edmond, said oil and natural gas production and exploration is the state’s most vibrant and growing industry. Taxes from oil and gas production and its related businesses make up 25 percent of all taxes paid in the state. The industry accounts for one out of every six jobs, and one out of every three dollars spent in Oklahoma comes from the oil and natural gas industry.

“A thriving and growing oil and gas industry equals a thriving and growing Oklahoma,” Terry said. “There is competition every day to keep drilling dollars here in Oklahoma. Maintaining a competitive business climate is essential, and our elected officials have the ability to do just that.”

Founded in 1955, the OIPA is the state’s largest oil and gas advocacy group, representing more than 2,700 members in the crude oil and natural gas exploration/production industry or affiliated businesses.

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