Appalachian Basin

Labor Day Celebrations Supported by Natural Gas

Many of us will spend this Labor Day weekend enjoying final picnics in the park or at home surrounded by family and friends, as summer draws to an end. It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. Whether people realize it or not, throughout the summer everyone in New York State (and around the country) have used petroleum products every day, and this weekend’s fun festivities will be no exception.

Many of us will use natural gas or propane stoves to cook our meals this weekend.  We will eat whatever we make on plastic plates with plastic silverware under a plastic tent. Plastic is a petroleum-based product.

Some of us will enjoy a peaceful bike ride along an old trail or throw on a life-jacket and take the boat out to fish at our favorite best kept secrets, the small pond or lake we keep to ourselves, for one last time until next summer.

Maybe your family will pick their backyard football teams and have a final friendly game before the kids start school again to play on the school team. With the sunny weather and a light breeze, you may play a round of golf or a tennis match before  the nets come down.  Throw on your sunglasses, take dozens of pictures to save some last minute summertime memories and enjoy your days!  Don’t forget bug spray for your bonfire by the tents you may camp in over the weekend.

Or maybe you’ll be feeling under the weather and decide to stay in and watch television or work on your computer.

Whatever you choose to do I’m sure it will involve at least three or four petroleum based products.

Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas per day each! But, as shown here petroleum is not just used for fuel.

Petroleum Products

Petroleum Products


Take a look at the table below I found here and think about what you will use this weekend in regards to petroleum

A partial list of products made from Petroleum (144 of 6000 items)

Solvents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease
Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats 
Upholstery Sweaters Boats  Insecticides
Bicycle Tires  Sports Car   Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures 
Dresses Tires Golf Bags  Perfumes
Cassettes Dishwasher   parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish
Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape
CD Player Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline
Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap
Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes
Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs
Putty Dyes Panty   Hose Refrigerant
Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings
Skis TV   Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician’s Tape
Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint
Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters
Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring
Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick
Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber
Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin
Tennis Rackets  Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice
Nylon Rope Candles Trash   Bags House Paint
Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards
Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains
Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses
Antifreeze Football   Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses
Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs
Combs CD’s &   DVD’s Paint   Brushes Detergents
Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents
Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones
Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras
Anesthetics Artificial   Turf Artificial   limbs Bandages
Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers
Cold cream Movie   film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups
Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia
Refrigerators Golf Balls  Toothpaste Gasoline

Take a second and let us know what products you will be using this weekend or just send us a quick note on your Labor Day Weekend!   As our summer quickly dwindles, everyone at Energy in Depth wishes you a happy and safe holiday!  Enjoy the long weekend!

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