Pipelines Are Awesome!

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Abby Zimet

In the name of getting 'em young, Ohio's oil and gas industry has created its own "education" program to teach kids the energy industry is groovy - aka "Promotion of a positive public awareness of the local oil and gas industry, and its vital energy and economic benefits to Ohio" - partnering with Radio Disney to travel to schools, museums, county fairs and the annual Oilfield Expo with a fun show featuring games, prizes, races and pipeline-building competitions to see "how we get oil and gas to your home." Get the ping pong balls through the plastic tube! "Cheer these guys on like crazy!" urges the MC at events, and never mind the vast, still-surfacing fracking-related environmental damage and the 167 drilling-related earthquakes that have hit Ohio in the last year. The outreach Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (“OOGEEP”) is called, straight-faced, "Rocking In Ohio." It never mentions the word "fracking."

“We want kids to get excited about science. We would love to see young scientists pursing careers in the energy industry.” - OOGEEP spokesperson

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