Last week, Energy Workforce & Technology Council Director of Government Affairs Deidre Kohlrus joined the German Consulate General Houston and the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern USA for a breakfast and business session to discuss the safety and merits of hydraulic fracturing. The breakfast was held in honor of a delegation from the Bavarian Parliament Committee for Economic Affairs, Regional Development, Energy, Media & Digitalization, who traveled to Texas for a week-long trip to meet with government and business leaders in Houston and Austin.
At the breakfast, the members of parliament had the opportunity to learn about the history and process of hydraulic fracturing. Kohlrus participated in a lively discussion, answering questions from the Bavarian delegation on ground water safety, geological impacts and political barriers for the industry in the United States. The delegation was interested in learning more about the infrastructure needed to access shale gas through hydraulic fracturing, and how it might be possible to utilize this technology in Germany.
Germany is facing historic obstacles, as their energy availability is at an unprecedented low due to the ongoing conflicts from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines. The delegation was eager to discuss energy supply issues and how companies in the United States could support Germany’s energy access and security. Energy Workforce looks forward to building on the relationships made though this event and will continue to share how Energy Workforce Member Companies produce energy in the cleanest, most reliable and efficient way possible.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.