Who we are

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a non-profit energy education and public outreach organization.  OOGEEP’s primary focus includes teacher workshopsscholarshipsscience fairfirefighter trainingsafety trainingworkforce development, fact sheets and guest speaker programs.

OOGEEP is considered a creditable resource by the educational, emergency response, regulatory and general public communities, and has earned numerous state and national awards.

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 1510, OOGEEP is funded by Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas producers through an assessment on the production of all crude oil and natural gas produced in Ohio. The current assessment rate (effective July 1, 2017 as approved and authorized by producers in a statewide referendum in March 2017) is currently five cents ($0.05) per gross barrel of crude oil (including condensate) and one half cent ($0.005) per gross Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of natural gas produced in Ohio. The assessment is collected by first purchasers of crude oil and natural gas and remitted quarterly directly to OOGEEP Horizontal producers have an option to participate in a direct assessment pay option with an OOGEEP Board approved application effective January 1, 2018.

This investment by Ohio’s oil and gas producers underscores their ongoing commitment to provide and promote safe and environmentally sound operating practices, to help consumers better understand the importance of the oil and gas industry, and to continue to be good corporate stewards through these education and public outreach initiatives.

Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement (Revised February 24, 2014):

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (“OOGEEP”) is a non-profit industry funded education program with the following mandates:

1. The promotion of a positive public awareness of the local oil and gas industry, and its vital energy and economic benefits to Ohio.
2. The development and implementation of educational materials and workshops in schools and public outreach programs pertaining to the science and technology of exploration, development and production of oil and gas;
3. The production of materials and training workshops for the industry and emergency responders;
4. To provide a factual and timely response to the public on questions, situations or concerns affecting the Ohio oil and gas industry.

OOGEEP shall utilize research, marketing, media and support staff as necessary to implement these mandates.


Awards Presented to OOGEEP

  • Samuel T. Pees Keeper of the Flame Award,
    Petroleum History Institute
  • Power Players Who Are Guiding Ohio Shale,
    Crain's Shale Magazine
  • Who’s Who in Energy,
    Columbus Business First
  • 2012 Oilfield Patriot Award
    Ohio Oil and Gas Association,
  • Outstanding Project (Teacher Education),
    Ohio EPA / Ohio Environmental
    Education Fund
  • Special Recognition Award for Training
    & Safety,
    Wayne County Fire & Rescue
  • Top 5 Finalists
    Best Public Outreach Program,
    World Oil Magazine
  • Friend of Science Award,
    Science Education Council of Ohio
  • Presidential Award,
    American Association of Petroleum
  • Stewardship Recognition,
    Wayne National Forest
  • Public Outreach Stewardship Award 2014,
    Interstate Oil and Gas Compact
  • Minerals Education Award,
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources
    Division of Oil and Gas
    Resources Management
  • Workhorse Award,
    Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas

OOGEEP Pipeline Awards

  • Jane Hunt
    Environmental Science teacher,
    Upper Arlington High School

  • Judie Perkowski
    Reporter, The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian
    and Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine

  • Chief Brent Gates
    New Concord Fire Department

  • Dr. Robert W. Chase
    Chair and Benedum Professor,
    Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology

  • Tim McNutt
    Director of Commercial Operations,
    Dominion East Ohio


  • Ron Whitmire, OOGEEP Chair
    EnerVest, LTD.
  • Tim Altier, OOGEEP Vice Chair
    Alliance Petroleum Corporation
  • Ralph Talmage, OOGEEP Treasurer
    Northwood Energy Corporation
  • Amanda Finn
    Ascent Resources, LLC
  • Ron Grosjean
    Kenoil, INC.
  • Melissa Hamsher
    Eclipse Resources Corporation
  • Diana Hoff
    Antero Resources Corporation
  • Greg Mason
    The Energy Cooperative
  • Karen Matusic
    XTO Energy
  • Joel Noyes
    Hess Corporation
  • Matt Sheppard
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Bill Siskovic
    Everflow Eastern Partners, LP
  • Sarah Tipka
    A.W. Tipka Oil & Gas, INC.

Scholarship Committee

  • Frank Gonzalez, Scholarship Committee Chair
    GonzOil, Inc.
  • Gretchen Addington
    Hillstone Environmental Partners
  • Tim Altier, OOGEEP Vice Chair
    Alliance Petroleum Corporation
  • Bob Belden, Jr.
    The Belden Brick Company
  • Brian Chavez
    Condevco, Inc.
  • John Cramer, PE
    Aspire Energy of Ohio, LLC
  • Mark DePew
    Petrox, Inc.
  • Todd Dever
    Devco Oil, Inc.
  • Chris Kimble
    Red Hill Development
  • Mark Lytle
    Buckeye Oil Producing Co.
  • Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director
    Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
  • Mark Sparr
    J.R. Smail, Inc.
  • Sarah Tipka, OOGEEP Board Member
    A.W. Tipka Oil & Gas, Inc.
  • Ron Van Horn
    Schauer Group, Inc.