Permian Basin Oil Show Ends

Odessa, TX – Initially postponed due to the pandemic, the rescheduled Permian Basin International Oil Show rolled out advanced safety protocols and new entertainment options for this week’s show.

Since World War II, thousands have flocked to the doors of Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas, for the biennial Permian Basin International Oil Show. Throughout the years, the show’s success and dedication to educating new generations of industry professionals has earned it recognition as “one of the world’s largest inland petroleum expositions.”

The Ector County Coliseum welcomed roughly 25,000 attendees, most of whom were industry professionals, to explore over one-thousand booths and exhibitors. Facing postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe market slump that challenged the industry for almost two years, this year’s show came at a time when the industry’s spirit to adapt, survive, and innovate is at its peak. In light of these recent challenges and the industry’s optimistic view of the future, the theme for PBIOS 2021 was “Celebrate Our History. Embrace Our Future.”

To keep attendees safe, new safety protocols were put in place. All carpeted areas were treated with an electrostatic disinfectant daily and hand sanitizing stations were available throughout the grounds. Masks were readily available on the show grounds for those feeling unsure of the environment.

For the first time in the show’s history, visitors had the chance to watch and participate in the Inaugural PBIOS Podcast Party.  Streaming booth interviews were conducted by three trending industry podcasts and their entertaining and informative hosts. Jason Spiess (host of The Crude Life and ESG University), Keith Stelter (host of Tally Book Troubleshooting), and Matthew Hill and Ken Lavin (co-hosts of Talking Energy Show and #FossilFuelFridays).

Spiess’ broadcast on Thursday featured some of the most innovative companies in the industry who are providing solutions to new and existing compliance and carbon footprint issues every company is facing. Stelter had guest podcast hosts David Gibson and J.P. Warren.  Hill and Lavin interviewed industry leaders and innovators all three days of the show.

For many Odessans, the jammed street traffic, long waits at intersections, and taxing restaurant lines will subside and things can return to the new normal of a post-Covid world.  Who knows, maybe the city will now have its usual time to install some new traffic lights at scarcely traveled intersections.  You can almost bet the regular area speed traps will have the green light to return to operation.  But hey, some people cashed in this week from the event, right?


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