It’s a town of less than 8,000 people, but Cushing, Oklahoma bears a responsibility and an honor few large cities can match. Up to 50 million barrels of crude oil flow into this pipeline hub each day with the potential to take on 80 million barrels; ready to be refined and transformed into energy to power our nation, and the raw materials to make countless products we all depend on.

Hundreds of tanks hold more than 2 billion gallons of crude oil in reserve; nearly $2.5 billion worth of pure, American potential.

Because of Cushing’s vast pipeline and storage tank infrastructure, it has been called “the Pipeline Capital of the World.” A vital part of the oil and natural gas industry that sustains thousands of Oklahoma jobs, from high-tech routing and security for petroleum reserves, to inspecting, monitoring and maintaining pipelines and storage tanks, and more.

And though Cushing’s population may be small, its economic impact is anything but. From North Dakota to the Gulf, Atlantic to Pacific, the petroleum flowing in brings with it more jobs, increased tax revenue and higher personal income. It’s a ripple effect you can see, not only in Cushing but in towns and cities across Oklahoma.

Having one of the world’s most important pipeline and storage hubs right here in the middle of our state isn’t just good for the oil and natural gas industry, it’s an economic boost for us all – one that’s leading to revenue to schools and hospitals, better roads and booming businesses.

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