TXOGA Lone Star Energy Forum & Centennial Celebration Showcases 100 Years of Innovation and Leadership of the Texas Oil and Natural Gas Industry

October 25, 2019

AUSTIN – The Texas Oil & Gas Association’s (TXOGA) Lone Star Energy Forum & Centennial Celebration held Tuesday in Austin showcased the innovation and the state, national and global leadership of the Texas oil and natural gas industry.

The all-day celebration began with TXOGA’s annual Lone Star Energy Forum, where attendees heard from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, industry leaders Susan Dio, BP America Chairman and President, Steve Green, Chevron North America President, Don Baldridge, DCP Midstream President, Don Templin, Marathon Petroleum Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Millennial Labs CEO Paul Moya. A panel focused on the current political outlook featured Republican Political Strategist Jason Johnson and Democratic Political Analyst Harold Cook, and was moderated by Spectrum New Austin’s Karina Kling.

“The Lone Star State would not be in the position it is today without the tireless efforts of TXOGA and the oil and gas industry,” said Governor Abbott. “This industry has fueled Texas’ economic growth and prosperity by expanding trade, creating more jobs, and fostering innovation. I congratulate TXOGA on its milestone of 100 years and look forward to building on our partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State.”

The evening program – the Centennial Celebration Gala – featured a fireside chat with President George W. Bush and the presentation of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Darren Woods, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Jeffery Hildebrand, Founder and Executive Chairman of Hilcorp Energy Company.

“The Distinguished Service Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious honors bestowed on members of our industry,” said Trevor Rees-Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chief Oil & Gas and Chairman of the Distinguished Service Award Committee. “Since 1936, the Award has been chosen by industry leaders to recognize their colleagues for their extraordinary contributions to the oil and natural gas industry and to the nation. We are proud to add Darren Woods and Jeffery Hildebrand to those ranks.”

The celebration concluded with the unveiling of the newly-renovated and expanded “Texas Oil and Gas” exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Visitors to the exhibit are invited to learn about cutting-edge innovation, economic impact, and the environmental progress of the industry over the past 100 years.  The exhibit was made possible with the support of Texas oil and natural gas companies.

“Innovation, perseverance and grit are the unmistakable hallmarks of being a Texan, and no one better personifies these timeless traits than the early oil wildcatters here in Texas who set out to change the world more than 100 years ago,” said Todd Staples, President of TXOGA.  “Today, their legacy lives on as the endeavors of a new generation of explorers in the Texas oil and natural gas industry have catapulted the United States to become the world’s undisputed energy leader.  We can be proud that the technology and know-how that reshaped the world’s energy landscape started right here in Lone Star State.”



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