Perceptions in Texas

Negative perceptions of the petroleum industry persist even in Texas, a state with an economy extensively intertwined with oil and natural gas for a substantial part of its history. But the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is one organization hoping to change this negative bent.The Texas Alliance, formed in 2000 through the merger of the North and West Texas oil and gas associations-two of the oldest petroleum associations in the US-has about 2,300 members in 19 states.It initiated a pilot program to determine if educating the public could alter some negative views.The first part of its pilot program involved a benchmark survey, conducted by two outside independent agencies. The other p...

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