Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the formation of a Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus. This organization, composed of congressional members, will be created to educate members of congress about the oil and gas industry. From upstream: extraction and production; midstream: transport, and downstream: refining, value-added petroleum products. Additionally, it will cover all other related hydrocarbon products, such as oil, natural gas, gasoline, natural gas liquids, etc.
Congressman Gonzalez will serve as the chair of the new caucus and hopes to expand the size of the caucus quickly. As chair, he will serve as an advocate about the economic benefits of fully harnessing the country’s natural resources.
“In recent years, our nation’s energy sector has experienced dramatic growth and increased innovation – we have seen the United States become the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas,” Congressman Gonzalez said.
Congressman Gonzalez is a strong supporter of maximizing American energy resources as a comprehensive approach to strengthen the economy. The Eagle Ford Shale—potentially the largest economic development in Texas—runs through the Congressman’s district, and has created thousands of jobs in the region. Energy is the base on which the economy is built.
“The 15th District of Texas is home to several refineries, pipelines, and part of the Eagle Ford Shale – I have witnessed the effects of a thriving oil and gas industry firsthand,” Congressman Gonzalez said.
“As a Texan, I have a unique understanding of how the industry works and its importance for the communities in my district, across the country, and around the world. I hope that the Oil and Gas Caucus can serve as a space for members from all over the country to learn more about the oil and gas industry and come away not only with a better understanding of the scientific and technical aspects, but also gain a better understanding of how technological advancements and growth benefit all of us,” Congressman Gonzalez concluded.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.