API Invite-Only Frac’ing Workshops

Beginning next week, The American Petroleum Institute (API) will be hosting a series of public workshops around the country the goal of which is to educate lawmakers, members of the public and various associations on shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

The workshops are being held as part of a much-needed public relations effort to promote domestic sources and natural deposits of energy and lobby for what API President Jack Gerard has called "a course correction" in the nation's energy policy.

According to the API, the workshops will take place in regions where hydraulic fracturing is conducted and where there are known shale gas reserves. The first session took place in Pittsburgh last fall, and demonstrated to participants how the natural gas and oil industry keeps itself accountable.

"These workshops emphasize the importance of our standards and certification program, demonstrate how states are successfully regulating hydraulic fracturing, and examine where we can improve," said Gerard. "These are serious issues, and the industry is committed to moving forward with responsible development of our nation's energy from shale."

Coming workshops are planned in Little Rock, Ark.; Raleigh, N.C.; Annapolis, Md.; Trenton, N.J.; Charleston, W.Va.; Columbus, Ohio; Lansing, Mich.; Albany, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; Denver; Bismarck, N.D.; Billings, Mont.; and Cheyenne, Wyo., according to API.

People wishing to participate must RSVP with the API, but participants are on an invite-only basis. (No word yet on how to get on that coveted list!)