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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip and House Energy Action Team Co-Chair Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement announcing tour dates and sites for the 2012 American Energy and Jobs Tour:


“Next week, members of the House Energy Action Team will spread out across the country to highlight America’s domestic energy resources and the need to increase domestic production in order to ensure both our economic security and national security. Skyrocketing gas prices have compounded the challenges families and small businesses already face from slow economic growth and persistently high unemployment. America has the potential to become the largest energy producing nation in the world – which would power our economic recovery by creating hundredsofthousands of jobs right here at home.”


There will be a Tele-Press Conference with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and all HEAT Captains for members of the media scheduled for 11AM ET on Thursday, May 24th.

Tele-Press Conference Number: 800-369-3176
Call-In Information: Passcode: 8824110

The American Energy and Jobs Tour – Dates and Sites

(Please note all times are local)

Bismarck, ND, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Chris Pack – (202) 225-2611


HEAT Captain: Congressman Rick Berg (ND)
Event: 8:05AM: Rep. Berg gives remarks at Williston Petroleum Conference
8:15AM: Rep. McCarthy gives remarks at Williston Petroleum Conference
11:00AM: Tour of Continental Resources rig near Killdeer, ND
Press Avail: 8:45AM Press conferenceat Bismarck Civic Center located at 315 South 5th St., Bismarck, ND.


Additional Details:

Berg will be joined by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy for a press conference on the need for an all-of-the-above domestic energy policy. Berg and McCarthy will then tour the Continental Resources oil rig near Killdeer, ND. Earlier this week, North Dakota surpassed Alaska as the second-leading oil producing state in the nation. North Dakotahas the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, 3 percent, andhas seen tremendous economic growth over the past five years due to their rapid increase in crude oil production.


Little Rock, AR, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Jonathan Samford – (202) 226-7219


HEAT Captain: Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2)
Event: Tour of Welspun Tubular
Press Avail: 11:45AMPress conferenceat Welspun Tubular, 9301 Frazier Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas


Additional Details:

Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford will meet with employees and tour the facility of Welspun Tubular.Welspun, which operates a pipe manufacturing plant in Little Rock, announced last December that it was laying off 60 employees as a result of President Obama’s decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline. Hundreds of miles of pipe still sit idle at their facility due to the Obama Administration’s refusal to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction.


Greeley, CO, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Rachel Boxer – (970) 221-7153


HEAT Captain: Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-4)
Event: 1:00PM:Roundtable at Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Tour JBS Trucking(following the roundtable)
Press Avail: Members-only availprior to the roundtable.


Additional Details:

Reps. Gardner and Lummis are hosting an energy-focused roundtable at Hensel Phelps Construction Company in Greeley, CO. Panelists will discuss how we can increase domestic production and the impact high gas prices have on America’s economic recovery. After the roundtable discussion, participants will tour JBS Trucking to learn how gas prices affect end-users.


Weatherford, TX, Thursday, May 24th


Press Contact: Andre Casto – (202) 441-3068


HEAT Captain: Congressman Bill Flores (TX–17)
Event: 9:00AM: Tour of a hydraulic fracturing site in Parker County, TX.
Press Avail: 9:30AM Press conference will be on-site following the tour. Press will arrive at the Fairfield Inn in Weatherford, TX at 8 a.m. and will travel by van with HEAT members to the fracturing site. Fairfield Inn address is 175 Alford Dr., Weatherford, Texas, 76086.



Additional Details:

Currently there are about a dozen different federal agencies who are studying, considering, proposing regulations, and/or regulating hydraulic fracturing. All of these actions taking place cause uncertainty for oil and gas exploration and production, which result in higher energy prices for consumers.




Girard, KS, Thursday, May 24th


Press Contact: Sean Fitzpatrick – (202) 225-6601



HEAT Captain: Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Event: 11:00AM: Tour of an oil well in Girard

12:00PM: Roundtable luncheon with energy producers and energy industry professionals

Press Avail: 11:30AM Press conference at the site of the oil well. Location of well is at Highway 47 and Xavier Rd. in St. Paul, KS.



Additional Details:

Reps. Jenkins and Long will use the opportunity to highlight the importance of domestic energy production to the Kansas, Missouri, regional and national economy, as well as job creation and our national security.  The Kansas oil and gas industry is a $4.3 billion dollar industry and employs tens of thousands of hard working Americans.  Oil and gas are produced in 89 of Kansas’ 105 counties, and the industry supports $2.7 billion in family income in Kansas.



Boliver, OH, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Michael Tadeo – (202) 997-5154



HEAT Captain: Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-06)
Event: 8:50AM: Tour of ENERVEST Oil Rig with Ohio congressional delegation.

1:00PM: Meet with owner of Sheetz Gas Station in Canfield, OH (open to press)

2:00PM: Small business roundtable at Bob Evans Restaurant in Canfield(open to press)

Press Avail: 10:30AM: Press Conference at ENERVEST Oil Rig

1:00PM: Open press meeting at Sheetz Gas Station in Canfield, OH

2:00PM: Open press small business roundtable at Bob Evans Restaurant in Canfield, OH



Additional Details:

Rep.Bill Johnson will be attending and hosting events in Eastern Ohio to highlight the need to expand America’s energy production in order to create jobs, lower energy prices, and take America one step closer to energy independence. This is all part of the House Republican Energy Plan that calls for a true “all of the above” approach to energy development.



Midland, TX, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Kyler Arnold – (202) 225-4511



HEAT Captain: Congressman Francisco “Quico” Canseco (TX-23)and Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11)
Event: 8:30AM: Tour of Upton County Oil Drilling Rig and Hydraulic Fracturing Site

11:45AM: Congressional Roundtable on Energy Businesses of all sizes and scope affected by increasing energy prices

Press Avail: 1:00PM: Question and answer session at the Petroleum Club of Midland is located at 501 W. Wall Street, Midland, TX 79701



Additional Details:

Along with Reps. Canseco and Conaway, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) will be in attendance in the day’s events. Texas’ natural resources and energy industry provide critically-needed jobs and economy boosting profits to both the state and the nation.  The Permian Basin alone provides two-thirds of Texas’ crude oil and 17 percent of the entire nation’s.  This vital industry is threatened by over-regulation and the environmental policies that would place a lizard’s well-being before the economic well-being of Americans.  The Permian Basin is an example of what must be protected from such costly regulations in order to promote economic growth, job creation and energy security.



Oakland, CA, Thursday, May 24th Press Contact: Amanda Maddox – (202) 731-3222



HEAT Captain: Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-19)
Event: 9:00AM:Tour of Valero refinery
Press Avail: 1:00PM: Media availat the S.F. Oakland Truck Stop located at 8255 San Leandro St., Oakland, CA 94621



Additional Details:

Rep. Denham will tour the Valero Benicia Refinery in Benicia, CA, to better understand on how the fuels and other petroleum-derived products that millions of Americans rely on every day are manufactured. Prior to touring the refinery, Denham will join representatives from California refining businesses and community business leaders at an energy roundtable discussion to learn more about the roles these American manufacturers play within their communities, our region and our nation’s economy.



New Orleans, LA, Friday, May 25th Press Contact: Steve Bell – (202) 870-1461



HEAT Captain: Congressman Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Event: 7:30AM: Tour of Deepwater Rig in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf
Press Avail: 3:00PMPress conference at Atlantic Aviation terminal on the north side of Louis Armstrong International Airport, 749 Lockheed Dr. 70062



Additional Details:

Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference with Leader Cantor, Rep.Scalise and the rest of the delegation on Friday, May 25, at 3:00 pm.  The press conference will be held at the Atlantic Aviation terminal on the north side of Louis Armstrong International Airport, 749 Lockheed Dr. 70062.  The Atlantic Aviation terminal is just south of the intersection of Lockheed Dr. and Boeing Dr. While on the tour, the delegation will meet with stakeholders from the energy industry, tour an offshore production platform and an offshore drilling rig, visit with workers and participate in an aerial tour of the Louisiana coast.