On October 14, 2021, The National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) convention was in its fourth day at the Omni Hotel, Oklahoma City. The same day, the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo, hosted by SOER (Sustaining Oklahoma’s Energy Resources), was being held at the Bennett Event Center, at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
NARO was founded over forty years ago. NARO has twelve chartered state organizations. All chapters provide education, political action and state conventions. NARO keeps royalty owners across the US informed and working together on issues of importance to their properties.
The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo celebrated its 24th year. SOER was established to encourage new processes and technological advancements to sustain the oil and natural gas industry in the future for the benefit of the citizens of Oklahoma, and to advance activities to support marginally producing oil and natural gas wells. SOER’s workshops, roundtables, technology grants and the successful Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo serve to carry out the mission to support our state’s small producers. Both SOER and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) are champions for and are funded by the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas. By merging the two, the missions of both have been enhanced. SOER is a proud supporter of Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry and is leveraging this merger into new opportunities for producers and royalty owners.
Shawn Wilson, one of the hosts of Exploring Energy radio show, expressed his excitement about both organizations and events in what they contribute to the oil and gas industry. Shawn and Butch Black, co-hosts of the Exploring Energy show, were on hand at their booth at the Oil and Gas Expo. Shawn felt there was so much optimism at the event, where around 2,000 attended. He thought the quality of the people and the event were exceptional and “top-notch.”
The day was very special to me. Early that morning, I spoke at NARO’s annual convention, speaking on the subject, America’s Energy Pathways: Natural Gas, Infrastructure and the Digital Transformation. There were approximately 250 royalty owners in attendance that morning. The subject also applies to Oklahoma, because Oklahoma’s energy pathways mirror our national interests. I stated, “NARO is the foundational pathway to America’s energy future and success.”
Later on that morning, I attended the Oil and Gas Expo. Like Shawn, I felt the enthusiasm in the room. The oil and gas industry was well represented.
Later that afternoon, I went to the Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where Gray Frederickson and I are producing a film documentary, which highlights an important time in the oil industry history during World War II. More information about the documentary will be forthcoming, including announcements about the sponsors, narrator, and release date.
The Oklahoma oil and gas industry is alive and well. The industry will meet the challenges ahead, focusing on the fact that future generations are depending on us. Many thanks to NARO and SOER, along with OERB, for their great oil and gas leadership for our State and our Nation!
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