Student Membership

CLICK HERE for a Student Membership Form

Just download, type in your info, save and send as an attachment to katiecarm@gmail.com. Simple!

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Why Join?

  • Education & Staying Informed

– Subscription to the Alliance’s monthly news magazine, Newsline

– Legislative briefings on state and federal issues, and their impact on the industry and the state

– Opportunity to have industry relevant material you’ve written featured on the Alliance’s social media platforms

  • Networking

– Invitations to TAEP events and seminars

– Multiple networking opportunities with the leading decision-makers in the oil patch throughout the year

– Listing in Membership Directory and Buyers’ Guide as a Student Member

– A copy of the Membership Directory containing contact information for key players and potential employers

  • Getting Involved

– Help organize events, meetings and/or social functions for other Alliance student members at your university

– Opportunity to be a part of the Alliance’s grass-roots lobbying network and be a player in developing oil and gas policy in Washington and Austin

– Participation in the Alliance’s pro-active public outreach program designed to change public attitudes toward the industry

– Support of pro-industry candidates through the Alliance’s political action program

– Opportunity to participate in special member delegations to Austin and Washington

  • Mentoring

– Alliance consultant Katie Carmichael is available to provide one-on-one guidance and mentoring to student members as needed, in addition to being available to answer any questions, provide resources and help make beneficial connections

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Fun Facts on Employment in the Oil and Gas Industry:

  • 40% – 60% of the workforce will retire in the next 5-10 years
  • Average age in exploration & production companies is 50 years old; among the oldest of any industry
  • Since 1981 the Energy Industry has lost 1.1 million employees

…. Basically, the industry needs YOU, young people, students, to fill the void. More good news:

  • In 2014, the oil and gas industry directly employed 418,000 Texans
  • In 2013, average oil and gas industry salary was around $96,000 – that’s 94% higher than the average private sector salary of around $49,000
  • In 2014, annual mean wage for a petroleum engineer in Texas was $158,770

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HELPFUL LINKS

The Railroad Commission of Texas is the primary state regulatory agency overseeing the oil and gas industry in Texas. Visit the RRC website to learn more about the rules and activities that ensure mineral production and all corresponding activities are performed safely and effectively in our state.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America is a national organization that provides relevant information and resources on its website. Also be sure to check out the IPAA/PESA Education Center while you’re browsing the site.

API is another national association that also provides great background and information on policy issues impacting the oil and gas industry.

The Institute for Economic Development & the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio provide a range of informative studies on the economic impacts of the energy industry in Texas. Reports topics include the economic impacts of: energy reform on the Mexican economy; natural gas; the Eagle Ford Shale and the West Texas region.

FracFocus is an online chemical disclosure registry. Basically, this is where companies go to publicly report the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process so that anyone can go online and see for themselves exactly what is going into the ground. Aside from the chemical disclosure aspect, the website also offers some great background and tutorials on hydraulic fracturing, groundwater protection and regulations by state.

Learn more about one of the hottest topics facing the energy industry in our country: oil exports. Here you will find helpful information and statistics, along with a wealth of studies and resources on the crude oil export ban.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration compiles statistics and analysis on almost anything regarding oil and gas production in the U.S. that you would want to know.

Shale Oil and Gas Business Magazine is a great magazine available online and as hard copies, with information and feature stories on what’s going on in the business and out in the field.

 

Daily Derp

Today’s edition of “Things that make you say, ‘Huh?'” features ‪fracktivist‬ and governor of ‪New York‬, Andrew ‪Cuomo‬. Cuomo announced his aggressive plan to tackle ‪‎climate change‬ and reduce ‪emissions‬, the backbone of which is an even greater increase in ‪natural gas‬ use for ‪electricity‬ generation. Over 54% of U.S. ‪natural gas‬ is produced by ‪fracking‬, which he banned statewide in 2014. What’s wrong with this picture, folks?

LOLCuomo

 

 

Moment of Zen

shell protestThat Awkward Moment When You Realize You’re Protesting Petroleum Production in a Petroleum Product

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced it had no luck drilling for offshore oil in Alaska’s Arctic, and it would be abandoning operations there (after it cleaned up not only after itself, but cleaned up a few other people’s messes too). Regardless, I would like to thank Shell for providing the backdrop for one of my all-time favorite moments of sheer irony. Kayaks = plastic = made from petroleum = hypocrites?