The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is the nation's first energy checkoff
program. Created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1993, the OERB is funded
voluntarily by Oklahoma oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners
through a one-tenth of I percent assessment on the sale of oil and natural
gas. The OERB's mission is to restore orphaned and abandoned well sites and
to educate Oklahomans about the vitality, contributions and environmental
responsibility of the Oklahoma petroleum industry.
• More than 11,500 sites restored
• Restoration progress in 67 of Oklahoma's 77 counties
• $68 million spent on environmental restoration
• $5.5 million environmental restoration budget for current fiscal year
• Largest single expenditure item in OERB budget
• More than 1 million Oklahoma students reached through OERB energy
• OERB reaches all academic grade levels - from kindergarten through college -
with its energy education programs, including:
OERB Petroleum Scholar Program. Scholarship program through which
the OERB distributes up to $500,000 each year to Oklahoma college students
majoring in industry-related fields.
PetroTech Program. OERB's newest education program, which provides
scholarships, training and certification for Oklahomans interested in
Geo Tech, Land Tech and Engineering Tech positions within the oil and
natural gas industry.
Petro Pros. Oil and natural gas professionals who volunteer their time to visit
classrooms and show children the science and business side of the industry.
Little Bits. Kingergarten through second grade energy curriculum released this
fall. More than 1,000 teachers trained.
Fossils to Fuel 1 and 2. Elementary school energy curriculum with more than
6,500 teachers trained.
Petro Active. Middle school energy curriculum with more than 1,600
Core Energy. High school energy curriculum with more than 2,300
Museum Partnerships. Partnerships with several museums across the state to
enhance energy education curricula and provide free classroom field trips.
Safety Video. What's the Risk?, a video that demonstrates the dangers of
playing around well sites.
Well Site Safety Day. Annual event at the State Capitol to spread awareness
of well site dangers to children, parents and teachers.
• In 1995 only 22% of the public viewed the oil and natural gas industry favorably.
Today's research shows that rating at 84%.
• In 1995, only 38% of Oklahomans polled would encourage their children to
pursue a career in the oil and natural gas industry. Today, that number is 63%.
• In 1995, 24% of Oklahomans polled said oil and natural gas was the single most-
important industry in the state. Today, 44% agree to that statement.
• Of 400 Oklahomans polled, 66% can recall. OERB advertisements and 81% say
the ads manke them feel more positive.
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