Thompson, Oil Region Alliance CEO Testify in Support of Oil Region National Heritage Area Reauthorization

May 1, 2019
Press Release
Without action Oil Region National Heritage Area would expire in December 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson on Tuesday spoke in support of Pennsylvania’s Oil Region Heritage Area Heritage Site before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

Rep. Thompson testified in support of his bill H.R. 642 to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area’s federal charter through 2026. Without action, the designation would sunset in December 2019. Watch Rep. Thompson’s testimony.

The designation has had a significant impact upon Northwestern Pennsylvania’s tourism, businesses and economic development throughout 34 municipalities over 708 square miles. Included are the City of Titusville and Oil Creek Township in eastern Crawford County, Hydetown Borough in eastern Crawford County, plus all of the County of Venango.

Rep. Thompson also welcomed John R. Phillips, II, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oil Region Alliance (ORA) to testify before the Subcommittee.  

"The Oil Region National Heritage Area and its numerous partners have made great strides by achieving some projects contained in our Management Action Plan,” President and CEO Phillips said in his testimony. “But, the economic benefits and community results which remain to be achieved will only happen once there is federal funding to serve as the keystone for projects in the years ahead."

Read Mr. Phillips’ full testimony

Watch the full hearing

National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, National Heritage Areas are largely lived-in landscapes.  

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