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- Previous Years -
OFRW's Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee
arranges tour with
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
aided by American Petroleum Institute

A terrific opportunity was given to the OFRW to be represented by Susan Marlar (Wayne County Women's Republican Club) as part of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program's (OOGEEP) teacher training program. This was a great honor for the OFRW!

Following the event, Susan wrote the following note to the OFRW:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program. Rhonda Reda and Sarah Tripka had it well organized and running on schedule. The site tours were very interesting.    Even better were the speakers.   The drilling site/frac job individual clearly enjoyed what he was doing and answered many questions.  The injection well and producing well owners were good examples of the entrepreneurial spirit as they had both been in business many years. All three site speakers emphasized the precautions and regulations they abide by for environmental concerns.   The speakers at the compressor were very knowledgeable and accommodating.   I have a whole new appreciation of turning on an appliance that is gas operated.

The day was a good reminder that fossil fuels are and will be an important part of our life for many years to come as the technology to obtain the fuels is evolving.

Thank you again for the opportunity.

Susan Marlar

The full day tour included visits to several sites: a horizontal drilling site, a fracking job, an injection well, a producing well, and a compressor/storage station. The goal of this was twofold – to let a member see what these facilities are all about and then to share the knowledge (as a community leader) with others. OOGEEP hosted this tour, including lunch. The tour bus full of teachers and our OFRW representative met at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon at 8:30 am Thursday, July 31. They returned to R.G. Drage around 4:30 pm. 

It is the hope of our Governmental Affairs and Advocacy Committee that a similar tour may be arranged just for OFRW members. If you would be interested in such a tour, would you please email: [email protected] (please include your name, club and what day of the week would be best for your schedule).

OFRW Board Hears About Domestic Energy Resources

Rhonda Reda, Executive Director of  the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation, speaking to the OFRW Board of Directors' Spring Meeting.  As a result of the presentation from Rhonda Reda and work by our Governmental Affairs and Advocacy Committee, the following resolution was passed by the OFRW Board of Directors to be recommended to the general membership at its spring meeting on April 5. The resolution was then adopted by the general membership of the OFRW. See final resolution below.

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Ohio Federation of Republican Women
Resolution Regarding Domestic Energy Resources
WHEREAS, elected officials – at any level of government – are charged with supporting, encouraging, and otherwise boosting those that they represent; and whereas their policy should be driven not by politics, but by their sincere and attentive focus on the needs of their constituents. In Ohio and throughout the nation, fossil fuels are at the heart of our economic resurgence; and

WHEREAS, exploration and production of oil, natural gas, and coal has helped to bring the recession to a close and push Ohio and countless other states into a bright economic future.

WHEREAS, despite this, some continue to pursue policy that seeks to hamstring or hamper the energy sector with new taxes, burdensome and duplicative regulations, and export restrictions.
WHEREAS, Ohio is fortunate to rest atop the Utica and Marcellus shale fields – each of which are at the forefront of an American energy renaissance;
WHEREAS, oil and natural gas companies pour billions into state and federal tax coffers, paying a higher tax rate (37 percent) than the rest of the S&P industrial index (29 percent);
WHEREAS, jobs in the oil and gas sector have grown by 40 percent since 2007, while job growth elsewhere in the economy have only grown by one percent;
WHEREAS, Ohio’s economic future is tied directly to the ability of oil and gas companies to safely and economically produce the natural resources upon which our economy relies;
RESOLVED, lawmakers in Ohio and on Capitol Hill must pursue tax, regulatory, and trade policy that encourages growth, avoids punitive and increased economic burden, streamlines permitting, and enables fruitful international exports;
RESOLVED, effective policymaking will avoid rhetoric and talking points and focus instead on what is best for Ohio.

Adopted by OFRW General Membership
April 5, 2014

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