Oil industry failure to improve public perception

Mr. Edison's letter in (OGJ, June 25, 2001, p. 10) concerned the alleged "failure of the oil industry to improve its horrible public perception." Mr. Edison lacked some information about the industry's efforts in public relations when he made his caustic attack on the industry. The State of Oklahoma legislature just recently extended funding for a very successful, industry-funded remediation and education organization called the Oklahoma Energy Resource Board. The stated purpose of this group is to "restore abandoned or orphaned oil sites and educate the community on the contributions of the oil and natural gas industry." The OERB has restored over 2,000 sites since 1994 and conti...

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