Oil and Gas Groups to Hold “Rally for the Rigs” at Capitol

Oklahoma’s two oil and gas groups, the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association plan to hold a rally on Tuesday at the capitol.

While the “Rally for Rigs” says nothing about the latest plan from the Oklahoma Education Association calling for a 5 percent gross production tax on oil, the rally comes just days after the education group unveiled its plan.

The two energy groups say they are holding the rally to educate legislators that the oil and natural gas industry is the driving force behind Oklahoma’s economy.

“Decisions made by state legislators impact each and every one of us,” said the OIPA and OKOGA in a statement announcing the rally. They refer to it as the inaugural Oklahoma Energy Day with events underway from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Scheduled speakers will make presentations beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The presence of hundreds of oil and natural gas workers and industry supporters will show lawmakers the people who are affected by legislation focused on the industry,” stated the announcement. “Let our lawmakers know the strength of Oklahoma relies on the strength of the oilfield!”