American Petroleum Institute released the following statement during the 2019 NABTU Legislative Conference:
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2019 – Today API President and CEO Mike Sommers addressed members of the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) at their annual legislative conference. Sommers highlighted the important role the labor workforce plays in continuing America’s energy renaissance.
“The natural gas and oil industry relies on skilled workers and the building trades unions to keep energy construction projects safe and on-schedule,” said Sommers. “Thirty two percent of today’s construction industry workforce is employed on energy projects. Together, we ensure that affordable and reliable energy reaches U.S. consumers when they need it and provide job opportunities in our communities – which in turn strengthens local and national economies.
“Our continued partnership with labor from our Pipeline Construction Safety Training Program to the building of API’s new DC headquarters, provide good paying jobs for the men and women of the building trades to support their families. We are proud of this partnership and we look forward to working and build together for many years to come.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.