Project managers needed to handle U.S. oil and gas boom

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

In the past several years, the U.S. has produced so much oil and gas as a result of the fracking boom that many observers think this marks the beginning of the end of our dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Still, there are many logistical concerns about the fracking boom that could benefit from the attention of PMP®-certified project managers.

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted some of these concerns. For example, the news source reported that between 2011 and 2012, the U.S. transported 57 percent more crude oil by rail, truck and barge. While this is great news for prices at the pump, it also means an increased risk of accidental spills.

The fact is that the U.S. is reaching the limits of its oil transportation infrastructure. Last year, the report found that there were 88 oil-related accidents on railroads, up from about 30 in 2011 and less than 10 in 2010. And our neighbors to the north are having their own problems—earlier in July, a 72-car train full of crude oil crashed and exploded in Quebec, killing 37 and injuring many more.

In order to prepare for this increase in oil and gas production, energy companies will need to employ highly-trained project managers to work on infrastructure solutions. That's where New Leaf Project Management can help.

In addition to traditional classroom training, New Leaf offers its QPM™ series of online games, which users can play to enhance their skills while earning PDUs to maintain their PMP certification. Since these games can be played on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, project managers can further their education anywhere.

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