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Oil, gas industry needs to reach out to public more, lawmaker tells producers in Abilene

Reporter News -- There is little doubt the oil and gas industry creates jobs and generate millions, if not billions, of dollars. In West Texas, one need not to look farther than Midland-Odessa, where workers have converged to tap into the oil boom.

But the industry is suffering what insiders described as demonization by environmental groups, many of which have long-armed machinery that reaches to Washington, D.C., and public relations capabilities geared toward disenfranchising the public about oil and gas exploration.

State Rep. Jim Keffer, chairman of the state House Energy Resources Committee, ..said the industry takes environmental aspects of the job very seriously.

"..there is a lot of effort in getting away from fresh water, whether its water reuse or otherwise," the representative said. "They eit


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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 6:46:57 AM

agree with aviator rob
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 5:02:45 AM

We don't need our government running anything associated with oil and gas.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:03:21 PM

MahopacJack - "A change in Federal Administration would certainly help prices."

Or maybe prices are high so they can try and put the blame on the current administration.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:54:46 PM

At this point, @mrbee, please tell me why not have the government pump the oil? Exxon Mobil earns about $40 billion, not per year but per QUARTER. All while charging record prices at pump.

And the irony is that the oil is already owned by us! The federal government just gives it to Big Oil with hardly a royalty paid. What's wrong with just paying the oil drillers a flat fee to drill and pump the oil? The government can pay the refiners a flat fee to refine the oil and then sell the fuel themselves. All proceeds would go to paying off the national debt.

THAT would be the government running things like a business. Of course, Republicans would never go for it. They like the way things are just fine.

And the American people continue to get gouged.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:44:35 PM

Unreliable public transportation, @jimedB? As if sitting in traffic is so convenient?

The fewer people that take public transportation means that many more cars on the road, getting in your way.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:42:04 PM

Environmentalists may own cars, @FuelOilOH, but at least they carpool.

And it's probably a hybrid, no less.
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albyneau
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:40:08 PM

*IF* not billions???? ROTFLMAOTIC
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:39:12 PM

Don't count on it, @MahopacJack. Big Oil is cutting very large checks for Romney. You don't think they want something back for all their support?

"Drill, baby, drill!" will mean "Export, baby, export!"
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:37:16 PM

The difference between Exxon and Apple, @abcdMA, is that Exxon sells a necessity while Apple sells a luxury. Contrary to what Apple buyers believe, you actually CAN live without one of Steve Jobs' inventions.

Now, try commuting 20 miles to work without gasoline. Exxon may have only a 9% profit margin but their domestic market is practically everyone who owns a car.

And while people perhaps buy one Apple product per YEAR, drivers need to get gas every WEEK. Having Exxon hoover money out of your pocket every week tends to make drivers a little cranky.

Meanwhile, people gladly line up to hand over money to Apple.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:34:34 PM

I blame Rockefeller. It's all his fault. He's still, to this day, the richest man ever to have walked on Earth. Google his mansion.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:29:46 PM

If Big Oil REALLY wants the American public to think better of them, they can start by lowering gas prices and their profits out of the stratosphere.

Anyone think THAT will happen?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:27:09 PM

My heart bleeds for the poor oil companies. /sarcasm
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:22:17 PM

Just what we need, more spin.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:14:56 PM

bs
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:04:54 PM

“. . . public relations capabilities geared toward disenfranchising the public about oil and gas exploration.”

Does that make any sense to anyone? I can think of several things that PR can do to the public but disenfranchising is not one of them.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:02:58 PM

I agree, oil industry needs to reach out by lowering the price of gas to a reasonable amount. That's the only acceptable way.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:02:37 PM

yup
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:00:51 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:00:05 PM

Lower pump prices would fix that PR problem.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:57:22 PM

good
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:53:27 PM

Oh come do you really think the public cares one ioda about being DISIN-----whatever.The public just wants to be able to fill there tanks without haveing to sell there first born.Do they really expect to get smypathy by printing that crap!!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:26:29 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:25:59 PM

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:25:23 PM

reach out and into our pockets no doubt
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:24:20 PM

Demonization by the complicit media as well.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:21:21 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:15:30 PM

this is where romney gets 12 million jobs
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:14:27 PM

They already reach out...to grab more money from us.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:12:56 PM

thats interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:11:34 PM

nd demonization from the administration. Exxon Mobil makes 9% profit, Apple makes 47% profit (and most of Apple is based out of the USA). Which company gets villainized for their profits?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:08:24 PM

Not gouging customers would be a start.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:04:54 PM

They reach out to my wallet every time I fill up
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:04:23 PM

A change in Federal Administration would certainly help prices.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:03:11 PM

It is a lot more than environmental groups that are causing the oil industry to be demonized.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:01:01 PM

they could care less
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:00:41 PM

OK.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:00:30 PM

Get ready for the PR campaign.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:59:14 PM

@Bonito: Name one thing the Government runs right, just one! If Obama had control of the Oil Companies we would be paying $15 a gallon tomorrow so that stupid ideas like the super inefficient solar energy would look more attractive and we would be in the same trouble as Spain after it went green and wasted $440 Billion Dollars, can you imagine how many Trillions that would be for America. For every single GREEN job Spain created they lost 9 regular jobs, it decimated their economy! Spain used to be the place to get special and high tech metal work done, they were artisans! Their metal industry is in ruins because they had to fire 3/4 quarters of the employees to stay open and be able to pay their outrageous energy bills caused by going GREEN. Going GREEN when it is forced has the same affect as becoming Socialist, the country falls apart as jobs go away, taxes increase, and misery follows.

We have over 250 years of Oil in America, Canada, and Mexico at 2007 use levels! We don't need to get off oil, we simply need to stop importing it and the Arabs would be begging us to take it at $25 a barrel because that is the only industry they have other then sand! Obama is an idiot pandering to them, he should just tell them we are drilling everywhere if they don't drop the price, we will ban their imports if they don't! We are acting as if we are powerless when actually we are the ones with ALL the power. Between Canada, America, and Mexico, we have most of the worlds oil. UAE will be out of oil in 18 years at todays rates and Saudi Arabia in 27, so we need to get on the stick anyway, might as well do it now!

The liberal Union teachers feed this Eco-Dribble to our children and by the time they can think for themselves its to late, "Oil is bad" when it is anything but bad. I was eating Sushi the other night and some middle aged libtards had finally got around to breeding and had a 7 year old with them at 10PM at night and the Wife asked for bottled water and the daughter went nuts about the environment for 20 minutes and how her teacher told her this and that, pure Lies all designed to pull at kids heartstrings so it doesn't matter if its true or not, just put the false idea in front of them with an animal to associate it with and the little sponges will soak up the Lies, believe, and then pass them on!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:58:08 PM

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:56:13 PM

They are demonized by their ridiculous profits and price gouging.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:51:35 PM

Not just the enviro-terrorists but the specu-traitors also
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:50:07 PM

So what do the environmentalists do after a rally? Get in their cars a drive home. Enough said.
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Yeah,don't let a lot of greed get in the way
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:44:57 PM

Those who hate oil will not be happy until they drive the oil companies to extinction and us back to relying on unreliable public transportation.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:43:19 PM

Someone needs too do something.
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The will never do enough.
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I've seen many commercials telling everything the oil companies are doing except pumping oil.
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Someone or something needs to take control of this, and turn it around!!
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They need to lower gas prices.
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