The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Digital Resources

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration

This diagram illustrates the process of hydraulic fracturing and how the oil and natural gas industry protects surrounding groundwater throughout the process.

Oil and Natural Gas Offshore Technology Fact Sheet

America’s oil and natural gas industry is at the forefront of breakthrough technology that will help deliver the energy that Americans need today and tomorrow while also reducing the environmental impact.

Virginia Offshore Lease Fact Sheet

More energy, good jobs and increased state revenue await Virginia if offshore Lease Sale 220 is allowed to move forward. The federal government estimates the proposed Sale 220 area contains about 130 million barrels of oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. However, a study by ICF International, that takes into consideration the newest technology for finding resources, estimates that the development in federal waters offshore Virginia could produce more than half a billion barrels of oil and more than 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

API President/CEO Jack Gerard on jobs and the economy Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, discusses the oil and natural gas industry and its importance in job creation and the revitalization of the U.S. economy. Visit to contact Congress and call on them to develop America's vast oil and natural gas resources.

Newsweek Dialogue Series "Climate and Energy Policy: Moving?" - 12.1.09

On Dec. 1, 2009, Newsweek and API cosponsored a panel discussion titled “Climate and Energy Policy: Moving?” The panel was moderated by Howard Fineman, senior Washington correspondent and columnist, senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief of Newsweek. Panelists included Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Jack Gerard, president and CEO of API and Rana Foroohar, senior editor of Newsweek.

U.S. Jobs Brochure

America’s oil and natural gas industry supports over 9 million jobs. One of them may be yours. Everyone is touched by America’s oil and natural gas industry. How so? Farmers use fertilizer made from natural gas. Truckers use diesel fuel to ship goods to market. And businesses rely on oil and natural gas to make and sell their products and provide their services. If you buy a loaf of bread, purchase a new electronic gadget, or drive a car, consider yourself a part of the oil and natural gas industry. From airline pilots to welders, and every job in between, we’ve all got a stake in our energy future.

Canadian Oil Sands: ConocoPhillips Surmont Facility ConocoPhillips recently hosted reporters and bloggers at their Surmont facility in Alberta, Canada. At Surmont, the oil sands are too deep for mining operations, so ConocoPhillips accesses these oil sands using a process called Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD.) To learn more about oil sands and energy development, visit SAGD animation courtesy of Cenovus Energy.

Syncrude Oil Sands Production in Alberta, Canada

API conducted a tour of oil sands development in Alberta, Canada for reporters and bloggers. At Syncrude, they learned how a form of oil called bitumen is processed into 350,000 barrels of oil per day, and about land reclamation efforts post production. To learn more about oil sands and energy development, visit

API Blogger Conference Call: Hurricane Preparedness - 5.30.07

On May 30, 2007, API hosted a conference call with bloggers to discuss efforts the industry is making to ensure physical safety, environmental protection and energy security during this hurricane season. Red Cavaney, former president and CEO of API, led the call.

API Blogger Conference Call: Energy and Environment - 4.18.07

On April 18, 2007, API hosted a conference call with bloggers to discuss energy and the environment. Participants on the call included Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Treehugger, Robert Raiper of R-Squared Energy Blog, Tom Fowler of NewsWatch Energy, Houston Chronicle, Carter Wood of, Mark Gongloff of Wall Street Journal Online and Hank Green of