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Energy Workforce & Technology Council Denounces Administration’s Decision to Block Drilling in National Petroleum Reserve

HOUSTON, 4/19/24-Today, the Energy Workforce & Technology Council released the following statement strongly condemning the Administration’s move to block oil and gas drilling across over 13 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve, a vital component of our nation’s energy security.

“The decision to halt existing leases comes amidst a backdrop of increasing geopolitical instability. With markets already on edge, this action will diminish our energy security,” said Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley. “Halting drilling the National Petroleum Reserve will hamper American energy production, shutting down one of the United States most important energy resources and canceling hundreds of long-term jobs for energy workers. The last thing that we should be doing now is removing Americans’ access to domestic energy resources.”

Established in 1923, the National Petroleum Reserve was specifically designated to serve as a cornerstone of the national oil supply. It is estimated to hold approximately 17 billion barrels of conventional oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.


Karina Erickson, Communications Director, writes about the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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