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Senator Portman Connects Job Seekers with Oil & Gas Jobs, Training
Monday, April 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment
The summer of 2013 is starting off strong in eastern Ohio. U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office hosted an energy jobs fair this week in Youngstown, in partnership with the Ohio Oil & Gas Association and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce. More than two dozen companies and roughly 15 training centers and universities sent representatives to Youngstown to give Ohioans a chance at the incredible opportunities the oil and gas industry is bringing the state. Several hundred eager applicants pre-registered for the jobs fair, with many additional folks expected to attend.
The morning began with Eric Planey, Vice-President of International Business Attraction at Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, who introduced the day’s host, Sen. Portman. The Senator addressed hundreds of attendees, telling them he has faith in the area and the opportunities coming to Ohio because of shale development:
“I believe in the Valley, the Valley is coming back, and oil and gas is going to be a part of it.” –U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Senator Rob Portman addresses the crowd of job seekers early on Monday.
Companies like Chesapeake Energy, MarkWest Energy Partners MS Consultants, V & M Star, and Plumbers and Pipefitters 396 offered “Skilled workforce opportunities,” which include pipeline welders, engineers, maintenance technicians, plant operators, electricians, millwrights, CAD drafters, designers, mechanical estimators, and surveyors.
Meanwhile, “general workforce opportunities” were provided by companies such as Dominion, Halliburton, Ohio Cat, and U.S. Steel. These types of openings include entry level jobs to operate water pumping stations, technical and well operators, drivers, equipment operators, derrickmen, business planners, dispatchers, and sales/operations management.
Lastly, universities and colleges such as Youngstown State University, Stark State College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Zane State College, and Belmont College were giving information on degree programs and workforce training offerings. Technical centers like ITT Technical Institute, Diplomatic Protection Training Institute, New Castle School of Trades, Trumbull Career & Technical Center, and Columbiana County Career and Technical Center were giving information on (and signing applicants up for) technical training programs that prepare individuals for specific oil and gas industry jobs.
Senator Rob Portman speaks with a representative from Eastern Gateway Community College on their shale gas training programs at Monday’s jobs fair.
While Energy In Depth has attended multiple oil and gas job fairs since shale development has begun to revitalize the state, today’s job fair demonstrated once again that elected officials and business development agencies are fully behind the industry. Ohio’s recent economic success is new to many, especially with much of the state being plagued by the recession and economic stagnation. But as a glimmer of hope, shale development is providing thousands of jobs across the state, and companies are looking to invest in the Ohio workforce for generations to come.
Today the job fair saw individuals from all walks of life looking to get their foot in the door. Veterans, students, former steel workers, and many others — all looking for a better opportunity. As production continues to ramp up in the Buckeye State, more opportunities will certainly be available for Ohio’s eager workforce.
Tags: Chesapeake, Economy, Energy In Depth, Energy in Depth - Ohio, eneryg jobs, Hydraulic fracturing, Jobs, jobs fair, Mahoning Valley, natural gas, Ohio, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Senator Rob Portman, Utica Shale, Youngstown
The Sunday Shale Show: Guest Brian Hickman, Director of Communications, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 | 0 Comments
For The Sunday Shale Show this week, Energy in Depth sat down with Mr. Brian Hickman, Director of Communications, Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
Look at the way Ohio has tried to proactively look at oil and gas law we have SB 165, we have SB 315 and those two pieces in and of itself have been major upgrades in Ohio oil and gas law especially 165 had been real forward-looking pieces–Brian Hickman, OOGA
As Mr. Hickman acknowledged, there is great potential in the future development of our state’s shale deposits, and its potential is recognized worldwide, with more and more interest and investment coming in to the Buckeye State.
For this reason, OOGA and other organizations (like Energy in Depth) have placed a priority on educating the public about the industry, its practices, and the incredible benefits this continued development will bring for Ohio’s workforce and its communities.
Energy in Depth thanks Mr. Hickman for his efforts, and for joining us on The Sunday Shale Show. We look forward to continuing to work with those working directly or indirectly with the oil and gas industry to provide in-depth analysis of what’s taking place in Ohio (and beyond), and what it means for our communities and our state.
Stay tuned for The Sunday Shale Show next week!
The Sunday Shale Show: Guest Joel Rudicil, President, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
Sunday, January 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments
For The Sunday Shale Show this week, Energy in Depth – Ohio sat down with Mr. Joel Rudicil, President, of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. The association is a partner of Energy in Depth as both groups seek to educate the general population about Ohio’s oil and gas industry.
Mr. Rudicil provided insight into what is happening with the partnership, its history, and the benefits shale development is bringing to the region.
Well for the most part there are five counties that proven to be exceptionally productive. I would expect that to begin to grow, to expand, so we might see it go from five counties to ten. – Joel Rudicil, OOGA
As Mr. Rudicil acknowledges, there is great potential in the future development of our state’s shale deposits, and its potential is recognized worldwide, with more and more interest and investment coming in to the Buckeye State.
For this reason, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and other organizations (like Energy in Depth) have placed a priority on educating the public about the industry, its practices, and the incredible benefits this continued development will bring for Ohio’s workforce and its communities.
Energy in Depth – Ohio thanks Mr. Rudicil for his efforts, and for joining us on The Sunday Shale Show. We look forward to continuing to work with those working directly or indirectly with the oil and gas industry to provide in-depth analysis of what’s taking place in Ohio (and beyond), and what it means for our communities and our state.
Stay tuned for The Sunday Shale Show next week!
Ohio Oil and Gas Association Educates Professionals on Financial Issues
Saturday, January 5th, 2013 | 0 Comments
The increase of activity in Ohio’s oil and gas industry has amplified the amount of support needed from the professional community such as accountants, attorneys and consultants. The Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Tax Committee is hosting a Tax Seminar on January 10, 2013, specifically focused on financial issues in the oil and gas industry.
Professionals working with the industry need to be prepared for dealing with regulatory, statutory, and executive order changes updated in the past 2 years.
The agenda will cover topics such as:
- Utica Shale update: Potential for Ohio’s economy
- Accounting Issues: Royalty interests, sharing arrangements, depletion and G&G issues
- Gas meters: Overview of their operation and calibration process
- Taxes: Federal and state level considerations and updates
The one day seminar is tailored to accommodate attendees of all experience levels in the oil & gas industry. Participants are eligible for eight (8) Continuing Professional education credits for CPA license certification or seven (7) Continuing Legal Education credits (CLE application submitted).
Join the Ohio Oil and Gas Association on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio for this informative seminar.
Details of the event and registration available here.
Ohio’s New Energy Promise
Friday, December 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment
This week the United States Chamber of Commerce, through its Institute for 21st Century Energy, released part two of a three-part series studying the topic of shale benefits state by state in a study called America’s New Energy Future. The comprehensive study was completed in conjunction with the American Petroleum Institute, American Chemistry Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance and the Natural Gas Supply Association.
Some of the key highlights of the study show us that in Ohio more than 38,830 jobs have been created, including direct, indirect and induced categories. Also, 143,595 new jobs will be created by the year 2020. By the year 2035, the number will climb to 266,624.
Karen Harbert who serves as President and CEO of the Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber explained the importance of shale development in Ohio:
Shale energy is a game changer for American and for Ohio, the latest installment of this study allows us to quantify just how significant the impact on Ohio’s economy will be. It provides all the more reason to strongly support responsible shale energy development (U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute Co-sponsors Study on Shale Benefits by State, 12/19/12)
IHS, a leading global energy research firm, looked at three main components of job creation in order to gain the full scope of job creation in the state.
Direct: Contributions of unconventional oil and gas energy development are those required to explore, produce, transport and deliver products to downstream elements or activities that provide critical on site equipment and services.
- Scientific and Technical services
- Truck Transport
Indirect: Contributions are activities in outside industries that supply materials and services to the developers of unconventional oil and gas and to their tier of suppliers.
- Administrative and Support services
- Real Estate
Induced: Contributions are the economic effects from workers spending their wages on salaries on consumer goods and household items.
- Food and Beverage
- General Merchandise Stores
The report also showed remarkable increase in tax revenue both at the local and state level. In 2012 over $911 million was paid to state and local government in Ohio and is estimated to grow to $4.5 billion a year by the year 2020. The total paid in taxes by this industry from the year 2012 to the year 2035 will be a staggering $120 billion to both local and state government.
According to Linda Woggon who serves as both executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the executive director of the Ohio Shale Coalition Utica Shale development is already having a positive effect on local communities here in Ohio and will provide significant revenue in the future for our state.
Ohio is already seeing a significant boost to our economy from shale energy, and this new study shows that much more is to come,” said Linda Woggon, executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Ohio Shale Coalition. “The billions of dollars in new state and local government revenue will help support schools, infrastructure and other needs for our state, while the hundreds of thousands of new jobs will provide an economic boost for our families. (Shale expected to bring jobs, 12/20/12)
Unions throughout Ohio are also recognizing the significant impact shale development is having on our state. In a recent interview, Butch Taylor, Business Manager, for Local 396 Plumbers and Pipefitters, said he has seen tremendous growth throughout their local, going from 40 percent unemployment among members to 100 percent employment, with a 12 percent growth in membership.
Due to the growth, Local 396 has now increased the number of times per year they take applications due to the influx of work they are receiving.
We’ve put 108 new members in the last two years. It’s really growing. And about 13 new contractors through that time period so it’s really growing and growing fast. Applications for the apprenticeship program will be taken on the third Wednesday of each month through April. – Marty Loney, Local 396 (Shale Industry Leads to Growth of Pipefitters Union, 12/19/12)
During this holiday season, it is great to know that over 38,000 Ohioans are now working thanks to Utica Shale development. As noted in the study this number will continue to increase providing more good paying jobs for our residents throughout Ohio, helping to lead our state back to prominence.
Tags: Crude Oil, EID, Energy In Depth, IHS, natural gas, Ohio, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Ohio Shale Coalition, OOGA, OOGEEP, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Utica, Utica gas, Utica Shale
Utica Shale Business Development Seminar is Held in Zanesville
Saturday, December 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments
This week, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, ShaleDirectories.com, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce hosted “Your Business and the Oil & Gas Supply Chain” at the Muskingum County Business Incubator in Zanesville. Registration allowed 100 to attend, and the room was full of folks and businesses looking to get involved into Ohio’s growing oil and gas industry.
Some in the crowd were new to the industry, so Kristy Hawthorne, Director of Membership Services for OOGA, gave a “Snapshot of the Oilpatch” to give a better understanding of both current Utica Shale development and the industry’s needs. She went on to explain Ohio’s robust regulatory program and industry oversight, an went in depth to help newcomers understand the technical process of extracting resources using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
Since many in attendance were there to grow their business into the oil and gas industry supply chain, Hawthorne explained that this will require a large and diverse workforce that come from all over the state and nation, so you can’t be hesitant to go out of the county and contact people – companies can’t wait for producers to come to them. She also emphasized that the industry really will begin to ramp up in the end of 2013 and into 2014, citing the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Economic Impact Study that projects more than 200,000 jobs will be created by 2014.
With over 150 different positions required to put a well into production, many opportunities are available, including; legal work, construction of roads and well pads, trucking, fuel, security, housing, maintenance and repair, aggregate, equipment rental, cementing, welding supplies, and monitoring to name a few. Currently, Ohio is seeing an uptick in midstream services now that we are phasing out of exploration and leasing. All over the state, billions of dollars in investments are being made in natural gas processing facilities and pipelines, creating a whole new sector of job creation.
Before Ms. Hawthorne finished, she emphasized that there are also a number of indirect job opportunities, and businesses and communities should work to determine what the producers and companies needs are, and to fill the voids where needed.
Besides the “Snapshot of the Oilpatch”, several other presentations were available for those in attendance. Next up was Brent Breon, Vice President of business Development for Caiman Energy. He explained that Caiman Energy came to the Utica Shale because it is a “transformational opportunity”. Ohio is now looking to expand midstream services and infrastructure to get natural gas and liquid gases to market. Mr, Breon noted that, for every dollar spent on upstream activity, a subsequent fifteen to thirty-five cents needs to be invested in midstream infrastructure to get the product in a form usable in the market. Caiman is set to spend $1.4 billion for gathering in two counties alone in West Virginia – a good indicator of the type of investment we will continue to see as the development of Ohio’s resources continues to expand.
The rest of the seminar included a presentation from Joe Barone, President of ShaleDirectories.com, on how to be successful in the shale industry, a presentation on working outside of the oilpatch from Rob Beecham of Kelchner Energy Services, an explanation of the safety culture in the shale industry from RiskControl 360’s Brad Hunt, and an explanation of the purchasing process from Daniel Etter of Halliburton.
The seminar was a great and well-attended success, giving citizens from Zanesville and Muskingum County an in-depth look into the oil and gas industry, and the growing opportunities stemming from it. EID has covered many of OOGA’s events this year and would encourage our companies to learn more from events like these.
Oilfield Expo Sees Success, Growth in 2012
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | 0 Comments
The 2012 Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) Oilfield Expo was an opportunity for people to see firsthand how the industry is creating substantial economic benefits for our state. The event showcased all sectors of companies that are growing their businesses due to the Ohio oil and gas industry. Oil and gas producers, attorneys, auto dealers, security companies, financial analysts, contractors, clothing makers and manufacturers and consultants, all aspects of the industry, showcased their wares during the 2013 Oilfield Expo.
The Expo continues to see growth, as this year’s event was moved to the I-X Center in Cleveland due to the need to increase exhibitor space. The extra space was needed, as companies from all over Ohio and many from across the nation, jumped at the chance to display their company and network with key players in the industry. As companies continue to look at their acreage positions in the Utica Shale play, we expect the interest in the Expo to remain high and continue to grow in the near future.
The event was also an opportunity for companies to showcase their latest technological advances in the oil and gas industry. These companies include local Ohio businesses that are experiencing increased sales directly tied to increased Utica Shale activity in Ohio.
The Expo presented the opportunity for those curious about the industry to experience it for themselves. The Expo offered several educational opportunities for those not currently affiliated with OOGA members or the oil and gas industry. From talking to exhibitors at their respective booths about their roles in the industry to educational materials, films and other presentations that were made available, the Expo presented a very unique hands-on educational opportunity. Besides companies looking to showcase and network, citizens eager to learn more about the industry making such a huge impact in their state traveled to the expo. Energy In Depth and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program spoke with many newcomers to the industry about its processes and safety.
We are grateful for the support and commitment of the crowd of 2,500 exhibitors and attendees to our 2012 Expo. Just like the previous Oilfield Expos, we look forward to the continued expansion of this event in 2013.
The 2012 Oilfield Expo
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 | 0 Comments
Next month, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association will be hosting their 2012 Oilfield Expo. December 4-6, thousands of the key players and potential suppliers of the Utica Shale development will gather at the I-X Center in Cleveland. In 2011, 156 companies exhibited at this business to business expo and 1,500 attendees included key decision makers in the industry, local community members, and government agency staff. Both numbers are expected to grow tremendously this year due to the increased excitement and production in Ohio’s Utica Shale.
The OOGA Oilfield Expo is the largest event of its kind in Ohio, and the nation’s only all-indoor expo. Building from the success and excitement of last year’s Expo, the event includes twice as many booth spaces, industry-specific training, and a full conference series, including the OOGA Fall Technical Conference and the Oil and Gas Industry Symposium. The 2012 Oilfield Expo brings decision makers, industry professionals, and suppliers together all under one roof.
Since 1947, OOGA has represented the Ohio oil and gas industry by offering exceptional networking and educational opportunities for all aspects of the upstream community. This premier event gives the industry’s suppliers the perfect opportunity to display their products and services. Visitors can choose between a variety of industry specific-training topics, which is included in the expo ticket.
The Fall Technical Conference, hosted in conjunction with the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Ohio Petroleum Section, will highlight the latest technological advances used in the oilpatch. OOGA’s Oil and Gas Industry Symposium will bring industry leaders together to discuss their Utica Shale operations from the large exploration and production (E&P) companies, regulatory and policy issues, and how the Utica Shale play is impacting Ohio. (Please note – the Fall Technical Conference and Symposium have separate registration fees.)
This year’s Oilfield Expo is a must-attend event for anyone involved in Ohio’s growing shale play. As we see eastern Ohio’s unemployment rates dropping, steel being manufactured once again, and businesses benefitting from shale development, it’s clear everyone wants in on Ohio’s oil and gas industry.
OOGA’s Transportation and Safety Seminar Gets Trucking Industry Ready for Utica Shale
Friday, November 2nd, 2012 | 0 Comments
This week, EID traveled to Canton for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s (OOGA) Transportation and Safety Seminar. The expanding activity in the Utica Shale is creating opportunities for local companies to grow and hire. This is especially true for the trucking industry.
A recent study from on Pennsylvania’s shale development by the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center shows one out of ten jobs directly created by shale development is filled by a licensed truck driver. With over 200,000 jobs being created or supported through the development of the Utica Shale, Ohio’s oil and gas industry will be hiring a large number of truck drivers.
As with every facet of the oil and gas industry, safety is the number one priority in trucking. The Transportation and Safety Seminar aims to ensure those working in the oil patch are safe and understand Ohio law and regulation.
Joe Barone, President of ShaleDirectories.com, presented the “5 Steps to Success in the Shale 2.0”. In his presentation, he emphasized that because of depressed natural gas prices, companies want to make their practices more efficient and safer to avoid excess costs. Therefore, companies looking to break into the shale industry should prioritize safety and make that apparent when approaching producers.
Kristy Hawthorne, OOGA’s Director of Membership Services, introduced the day’s program and spoke on procurement procedures for the room full of contractors and companies. She took time out of the day to chat with EID about the seminar:
This event is a little bit of a hybrid event. We have a business development track with marketing ideas and the safety issues that are requirements in the industry, the insurance requirement, a lot of good basic business development information and then couple that with the trucking industry specific topics—spill control and response, the PUCO placards, weights for ODOT, the Road Maintenance Usage Agreements. There’s just a lot of good information for the trucking industry as they’re involved in oil and gas—Kristy Hawthorne, OOGA Director of Membership Services (:20)
After lunch, attendees listened to presentations on “Safety Culture in the Oil and Gas Industry”. Chris Veazey, HSE Manager at EnerVest Operating, spoke on a variety of safety concerns and areas to protect including fire protection, production equipments safety, and changes that have recently come into effect with the passage of Senate Bill 315. Brad Hunt, Director at Risk Control 360, spoke on contractor safety and management reporting. He explained programs and systems in which a contractor can put in their safety information and receive scores, allowing them to have information to give to companies they are looking to work with. The systems he mentioned, including ISNetworld, PEC, and PICS, help customers understand the safety requirements they need to comply with or exceed.
Overall, OOGA hosted an informative and worthwhile event for those involved in the transportation aspect of the oil and gas industry, or looking to break into the growing field. Next up, OOGA will be hosting their 2012 Oilfield Expo December 4th through December 6th. Be sure to visit OOGA’s website for more information and registration.
OOGA Transportation & Safety Seminar Slated for November 1-2
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 | 1 Comment
November 1st and 2nd, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association will be holding a Transportation and Safety Seminar at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, Ohio. The seminar comes at crucial time. While Ohio has a long history of oil and natural gas development, things are now ramping up. The growing activity in the Utica Shale is creating opportunities for local companies to grow and hire. This is especially true for the trucking industry.
According to a study of Pennsylvania’s shale development by Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, one out of 10 jobs directly created by shale development is filled by a licensed truck driver. The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program’s (OOGEEP) 2011 Economic Impact Study reports over 200,000 jobs could be created in Ohio from Utica Shale development. The two studies show there will be a high demand for truck drivers in Ohio’s oil and gas industry.
The trucking industry provides the following services in the oilpatch:
- Moving heavy equipment
- Drilling rigs
- Service rigs
- Support equipment
- Crude Oil Gathering
The follow truck types are used:
- Tractor trailers, Lowboy
- Vacuum Trucks
- Dump Trucks
Since truck drivers fulfill so many of the industry’s needs, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Safety Committee will host the Transportation and Safety Seminar to ensure those working in the oilpatch are safe and understand Ohio laws and regulations.
Some highlights of the seminar include:
- Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation and PUCO panel will provide an overview of Ohio regulation
- ODNR will speak on Class II Underground Injection Well registration requirements and safety issues
- Road Usage Maintenance Agreements, the agreement between operator and county engineers for well site traffic patterns, will be discussed
- Safety culture and training requirements to work in the industry will be covered
- Procurement procedures, insurance requirements and BWC laws will be discussed
- Truck Shield certification will be covered
- There will be a CNG Vehicle panel discussing vehicle development, conversion kits, and the future of refueling stations
The seminar will be a valuable tool for those involved in Ohio’s oil and gas industry and those looking to break into the business! Event details can be found at www.ooga.org.