Oklahoma has unveiled a natural-gas logo that has been in place for more than a decade.
But it could soon be a big mistake.
Oklahoma natural-Gas Association (OSGA) CEO Dave Reuben said the logo is not intended to be a political statement and should not be seen as a “politically-charged, political issue”.
The logo was designed by an oil and gas engineer, who has been employed by OSGA for 15 years, said Reuben, adding that it was designed to be used in compliance with state law and guidelines.
“It is meant to be an identifier that will give an assurance that our facilities are safe and that our workers are trained and safe,” Reuben told Reuters.
“We have a very clear policy that we expect our contractors to follow.
The OSGA is not involved in that.
The logo will be on a new state-of-the-art website that will include the names of all our contractors and employees.
The logo will also be used by all OSGA offices, including our office in Oklahoma City, Reuben added.
Reuben said he had been in discussions with OSGA about the logo, and it was hoped that the logo would be implemented soon.”
The logo is meant as a warning to the state of Oklahoma that our companies are not safe, and our workers do not have the training, safety, and knowledge needed to perform our job safely,” Reubin said.
Oklahomans for Natural Gas and Natural Resources, a group that supports the use of natural gas in Oklahoma, called the logo “a political statement”.
The group said it would be challenging to enforce the law in a state that has a relatively small number of natural- gas facilities, and said the state should be more concerned about safety and environmental standards in its facilities.”
Oklahoma’s lack of natural facilities makes it one of the most unsafe states in the country for its natural gas industry,” said Alex Kopp, director of the group.”
In a climate where gas-fired power plants are becoming more prevalent, there is no doubt that our safety is in jeopardy,” Kopp said.
But a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Kevin Pyle, said OSGA had not followed the state’s legal requirements to create the logo.”OSGA has created the logo to communicate the state-mandated standards and regulations for natural gas operations, but the logo does not have a political meaning,” Pyle said.”
No other industry has used the OSGA logo for decades and we expect that the OSGE will be consistent with its own guidelines and policies.