The Oil and Gas Industry is one of the world’s largest industries. Its revenues are large, as are the costs of locating, developing and extracting the hydrocarbons demanded by a global economic infrastructure. Today’s oil and natural gas industry earnings are invested in new technology, new production, environment and product quality improvements to meet tomorrow’s energy needs. The industry’s major sectors encompass all the steps involved in locating, producing, processing, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas. Together the industry provides employment for more than 1.8 million people in the United States.