Oil and gas leaders sway high school students to consider a career in the industry

Raven Ford | Tristate Homepage

For most high schoolers working in the oil industry isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as a career choice.

“I want to go to criminal justice to become a police officer and step up to state,” says Brenden Hightshoe, a senior at Carmi County High School.

“Train business or coal loading train operating just like my stepfather.” included Rhider Melvin, also a student at Carmi County High.

Which is why Illinois Petroleum Resources Board executive director Seth Whitehead joined the high school’s teen conference.

According to Whitehead, the oil production industry has long been white county’s leading employer representing seven percent of overall employment.

“I think most folks are aware that the united states is experiencing record-breaking oil production at the moment. this has created a need in the nation for more oil and gas related positions and really the demand is high and also these are good paying jobs as well,” says Whitehead.

However, oil leaders say misconceptions of the industry lead to low interest in the career field.

“I’m sure a lot of folks think that roughnecking or rest about jobs are the only jobs available in the gas and oil industry but there are literally dozens of jobs expanding various skill sets and education levels.”

Although students say they already have a career choice in mind, a future in the oil industry could be an option.

“I got a lot of knowledge on like how they get paid and how the industry is going to jump ad how good the industry is going to be.it sparked some interest in the oil industry. I didn’t know much about it until the presentation,” says Hightshoe.

Oil and natural gas industry employment grew faster than any other sector in 2018 and is projected to do so again this year.


Read More.

IDNR Report March 22, 2019

Active wells (does not include TA wells)

Production                 21,703

Injection                       6,418

Total                           28,121


TA wells

Production                 3,544

Injection                        388

Total                           3,932


Wells in Plugging & Restoration Fund

Production                 2,881

Injection                     1,216

Total                           4,097


Permit Activity:

Production well permits issued YTD – 75

UIC well permits issued YTD – 37

Other permits (Waste Hauler, etc.) issued YTD – 51


Production well applications since September 1, 2014

Received – 1,871

Issued or denied – 1,804


UIC well applications since September 1, 2014

Received – 8987

Issued or denied – 806


Wells plugged

Production wells YTD – 44

Injection wells YTD – 9

Production wells re-activated YTD – 2

In Memory of Clifford Briggs

In Memory of Clifford Briggs (1922 – 2019) who was an inaugural 2007 Indiana Oil and Gas Association Hall of Fall Honoree along with Hugh S. Barger,  Henry R. Gwaltney, James E. Kendall, Lester D. Moore, and C.A. Robison.  Below please find Clifford’s obituary. Indiana Oil and Gas Association Board of Directors extend our deepest sympathies to the Briggs Family.

Clifford Carroll Briggs, 96, of Newburgh and formerly of Mt. Vernon, IN passed away March 19, 2019, at Primrose Memory Care. He was born September 24, 1922, in Browns, IL to the late Otis and Ethel (Fieber) Briggs.

Clifford was a graduate of Albion High School. He had been a medic in the U.S. Army. Clifford was an independent oil producer and was the owner of farming operations. He had been on the Board of Directors for Peoples Bank and Trust for many years. Clifford was a member of the Western Hills Country Club, Elks, and the American Legion. In 2007, he received Inaugural Recognition in the Indiana Oil and Gas Association Hall of Fame. Clifford enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorcas Vance, and Geneva Shepherd; and brother, Kenneth Briggs.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kathleen (Wood) Briggs; daughter, Nancy (Ken) Johnson; son, David (Phyliss) Briggs; grandchildren, Scott (Julie) Zenthofer, Jeffrey (Jolene) Zenthofer, Ericson (Kara) Briggs and Jenna (Kevin) Schuchard; great-grandchildren, Cole and Kaitlyn Zenthofer, Lincoln and Everly Briggs and Lane Schuchard; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 22, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, 601 Main St., Mt. Vernon, IN, with Rev. David Stevens officiating and burial to follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until 11:00 am service time on Friday at the church.

Thank you to Primrose Memory Care and Southern Care Hospice for their comforting care.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com