HOUSTON – Executives at large oil companies often say that the U.S. public – unnerved by high gasoline prices – does not understand or appreciate how expensive it is to keep the nation’s engines running.
And now in a first, two big energy companies and the American Petroleum Institute (API), the U.S. oil industry’s main lobbying group, have reached out to a conservative band of bloggers to tell their story.
“We recognize here that there are many different channels of communications that exist today,” Jane Van Ryan, new media advisor at API, said. “We’ve been looking into the blogosphere for the last several months, and there were a few people who seemed to be a little more knowledgeable about oil and gas.”
Fantastic, informative trip, starting with an afternoon briefing in Houston Thursday at Chevron HQ on seismographic exploration, technology and alternative fuels, and then a tour Friday of the Blind Faith platform being constructed in Corpus Christi. When completed, the platform will be towed to a point in the Gulf of Mexico 160 miles southeast of New Orleans, where it will bring up oil from the seabed 7,000 feet below. The project — jointly owned by Chevron and Anadarko — initially targets daily production of 30,000 barrels of oil and 30 million cubic feet of natural gas starting in 2008.
More details Friday.
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