Cecilia "Ceci" Leonard describes herself as an "oil brat" from the oil patch. She is a second-generation petroleum worker who has come to Washington today to meet with members of Congress.
"We have an image problem," Ceci says about the oil and natural gas industry. "I want everyone--including Congress--to know that we are regular, responsible and educated people. We are active in our community. We are professional. We recycle. We want what's best for our kids. We are good citizens."
Ceci is one of several Hispanic members of the oil and natural workforce who will meet with policymakers this week. They hail from 11 states and include geologists, petroleum engineers, refinery managers to name a few. Their goal is to explain to their members of Congress how legislation under consideration co... more »