Gov. Fallin: Unconventional oil and gas is an economic game changer

Gov. Mary Fallin gave the keynote presentation at the GE Oil and Gas Summit in Houston on Tuesday.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: March 27, 2013
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Harnessing the country's vast unconventional oil and natural gas resources is “an economic game changer for the entire nation,” Gov. Mary Fallin told participants at the GE Oil and Gas Summit on Tuesday.

Fallin delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the two-day conference that focused on unconventional oil and natural gas resources and their potential to grow the industry.

Held in The Woodlands, Texas, the event included about 100 industry leaders throughout the country.

“Unconventional resources have redefined what is possible in the United States and are transforming our economy,” Fallin said.

It is important for elected officials and industry leaders to look at all forms of energy together as an interconnected system, Fallin said.

“A lot of policymakers like to pretend that you can look at oil or gas or nuclear or wind power as unrelated resources. But that's not how energy works,” she said. “There are a lot more pieces to the puzzle. And you have to look at the whole puzzle for the bigger picture, instead of developing policy piece by piece.

“Different fuels are different pieces, each demand sector is a little different, but they can fit together in a lot of ways. And when you look at the pieces for how they can fit together, the picture becomes much clearer and better.”

Fallin was the only elected official to speak at the conference.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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