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Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia oil and natural gas organizations, as well as those from across the region and nation, are coming together during the month of October to celebrate National Energy Awareness Month and highlight the thousands of products made from refined or processed crude oil and natural gas. As part of that awareness effort, the groups are issuing an “American Energy Challenge” to encourage West Virginians to try and plan a day without the modern benefits of petroleum-based products.

 

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) and Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) will engage West Virginians through educational activities and social media. Each week in October the groups will highlight how these products have improved safety and security, modern medicine and public health, transportation and overall quality of life. 

West Virginians are encouraged to take the challenge and post their results on social media using the hashtag #AmericanEnergyChallenge.

“Take the American Energy Challenge,” said Charlie Burd, Executive Director of IOGA. “You’ll find that modern life is just about impossible without the everyday products made from petrochemicals. Fuels, toothpaste, aspirin, shampoo, phones, computers, shoes, cleaning products, batteries, cosmetics and plastics are just some of the necessities of our modern life and all made in part from refined or processed crude oil and natural gas.”

“We often think of oil and natural gas in terms of gasoline for our cars or energy for our homes,” said Steve Perdue, Interim Executive Director for WVONGA. “While these are an important aspect of our industry, it only scratches the surface of how American produced crude oil and natural gas is used. The American oil and natural gas industry supplies the raw materials for products that make us safer, healthier and improve our overall quality of life, and bringing attention to these modern achievements is what the American Energy Challenge is all about.”

IOGA and WVONGA encourage West Virginians to try and imagine a day without any of the products made possible by oil and natural gas.  

Over 6,000 products are made from refined oil and natural gas. These include:

  • Cosmetics such as soaps, cleansing creams, toothpaste, shampoo, hair spray, lotion, cologne, baby oil, lipstick, lip balm, nail polish, hand cream, shaving cream and suntan lotion.
  • Plastics used in sporting equipment, storage containers, toys, toothbrushes, artificial hearts, etc. 
  • Medicines such as aspirin, antihistamines, Vaseline, alcohol, ammonia, antibiotics and antiseptics.
  • Synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester and popular dri-fit athletic clothing.
  • Synthetic rubber used in gloves, shoes, boots, tires, hoses, belts and balloons. 
  • Carbon black used in paints, ink, cements, batteries, televisions, radios and computers.
  • Waxes used to make candy, gum, candles, crayons and soap. 

To learn more, contact Charlie Burd at (304) 344-9867, or Steve Perdue at (304) 344-1609.

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