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The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our more than 625 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, marketers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry. Find out more about API.

Grow Louisiana Coalition

We are the thousands of Louisiana families who depend on the oil and gas industry for our livelihoods. We are the hundreds of small businesses who wouldn’t exist without Louisiana-based employees and the schools, organizations and groups that thrive with industry investment. Join the Grow Louisiana Coalition.

The mission of the Grow Louisiana Coalition is to raise awareness of and to rally support behind the state’s traditional economic industries, which are vital to Louisiana’s economic future and our way of life, to create a viable future for its citizens. Visit their site.

IADC's Drilling Matters

Drilling Matters works to educate the public about why our industry is critical to humanity; to dispel common myths; and to share positive aspects of our industry. Check out their high-level interactive and multimedia presentations on the value of hydrocarbons to humanity and the fundamentals of drilling operations here.

IPAA's Energy in Depth 

Launched by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in 2009, Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base – especially abundant sources of oil and natural gas from shale and other “tight” formations across the country. Read More.

Power Past Impossible

America’s natural gas and oil industry keeps our country going. We power cars, homes, sports arenas, and space shuttles. We make everything from clothes to smartphones to heart valves. We support jobs for millions of Americans, from blue collar workers to world-class engineers.

The challenge before us is clear: How can we meet everyone’s energy needs, protect the environment, and create new jobs? But Americans have never been afraid of a challenge — even those that seem impossible at first. In fact, we’re already on it. Check out their great work.

Oil and Gas Power Americans’ Lives via the Montgomery Herald

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What Can Be Made from One Barrel of Oil?

Oil gets a bad rap these days, but the stuff is actually quite incredible.

Many people think of crude oil as a thick, black liquid that is used to source our unquenchable thirst for gasoline. However, the reality is that each barrel of oil is refined to be used in a variety of applications that includes fuel, cosmetics, plastics, rubber, and candle wax.


Today’s infographic comes from JWN Energy, an oil and gas news site. Using Chevron as a source, it shows 17 different things that can be made from each barrel of oil.

Here is everything that can be made from just one barrel of oil:

  • Enough gasoline to drive a medium-sized car over 450km (280 miles).
  • Enough distillate fuel to drive a large truck for almost 65km (40 miles). If jet fuel fraction is included, that same truck can run nearly 80km (50 miles).
  • Nearly 70 kWh of electricity at a power plant generated by residual fuel.
  • About 1.8 kg (4 lbs) of charcoal briquettes.
  • Enough propane to fill 12 small (14.1 ounce) cylinders for home, camping or workshop use.
  • Asphalt to make about 3.8 L (one gallon) of tar for patching roofs or streets.
  • Lubricants to make about a 0.95 L (one quart) of motor oil.
  • Wax for 170 birthday candles or 27 wax crayons.