Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • Oklahoma Legislative Update

    AGGREGATE BILL PROPOSED A bill has been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature that would allow counties to levy a severance tax on rock, gravel, granite, sand, limestone and other natural minerals mined in the county by for-profit businesses for the purpose of producing aggregate. Currently there is an exemption for sand extracted for use in hydraulic…
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  • PESA Members a Critical Part of Oklahoma Job Growth

    Job growth in Oklahoma is booming, and PESA is proud of our Member Companies who are contributing to the success of the Sooner State. In 2017, five of the most active drillers in Oklahoma pledged $5.5 billion in capital investments, resulting in 30,000 energy jobs and 165,000 indirect jobs.   The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board…
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  • SB 181 Signed Into Law in Colorado

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday a major overhaul of the state’s oil and gas rules, encouraging state regulators to focus on public safety and environmental concerns. Colorado ranks fifth nationally in crude oil production and sixth in natural gas, contributing $32 billion annually to the state economy, including taxes and 89,000…
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Federal Policies

  • Trump Administration Delays Implementation of Section 301 Tariffs

    On February 28, the Trump Administration, citing progress in talks with Beijing, formally delayed a planned increase in tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. These goods include thousands of products used by PESA members throughout their manufacturing chains. “[A]t the direction of the President, the Trade Representative, has determined that it no longer is…
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  • Spending Bill Includes Directives to USTR on the Tariffs Exclusion Process

    PESA Members are increasingly concerned about the tariffs outlined by the Trump Administration, including section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, as well as 301 tariffs on imports from China. The process for companies to file product exclusion requests has been unclear, and PESA has filed multiple product exclusion requests on behalf of our members….
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  • PESA Co-Hosts “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” Town Hall in Houston

    PESA co-hosted a town hall event on January 24 discussing the damage that tariffs are having on the oilfield services and equipment sector, as well as the retail industry and agriculture. PESA Vice President Government Affairs, Tim Tarpley participated in the event, along with Clay Hensley, President, Cal Tex Energy Resources; Chris Kelley, Director of…
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  • At Texas Town Hall, New Data Reveals Massive Tariff Costs for Lone Star State

    Most recent monthly data shows Texas businesses have paid $364 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than 12 times what was paid on the same products last year Tariffs have a direct impact on Southeast Texas: Port of Houston exports subject to retaliatory tariffs are down 47 percent in most…
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  • Congressional Update: House Appropriations, New Climate Change Committee

    Congress remains deadlocked on passing a government funding bill that can pass both chambers and be signed by the President. Currently, one-third of the government has reached a lapse in appropriations which includes the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Treasury Department, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation,…
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  • How the Government Shutdown is Affecting the Oil & Gas Industry

    Today marks the 27th day the federal government has been locked in a partial shutdown, extending its lead over the 21-day shutdown that occurred under President Bill Clinton in 1995. With neither the President nor Congress showing any willingness to budge, uncertainty surrounding how long the shutdown will last has caused some in the oilfield equipment and…
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  • PESA Hosts Second Webinar on OSHA Silica Rule

    On January 16, PESA hosted its second educational webinar on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard, bringing together experts from across the industry to discuss the silica standard with discussion on best practices for compliance. Representatives from PESA Companies AIRIS Wellsite Services, Atlas Sand, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Black Mountain Sand, DistributionNOW, Halliburton,…
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  • PESA to Host Silica Webinar: Best Practices for Compliance

    On June 23, 2018, the oil and gas industry was required to be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new standards for respirable crystalline silica. The standard was created to combat crystalline silica exposure at general industry and maritime operations, which can cause adverse health effects to employees who are exposed. The PESA Environmental Policy…
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  • Congressional Update: Year-End Spending, 301 Tariffs, Oklahoma Spotlight

    YEAR-END SPENDING The U.S. House and Senate are currently working through the final year-end spending bill, which covers a quarter of the government’s operations. The rest of the operations passed earlier this year. At issue is $5 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall that is being requested by President Trump. Absent…
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  • Americans for Free Trade Call on White House to End Trade War

    Nearly 150 Business Groups Ask White House to Capitalize on G20 Meeting and End Trade War Ahead of Looming New Year’s Day Tariff Increase   Coalition of nearly 150 organizations representing U.S. manufacturers, farmers, retailers and consumers sends letter asking President Trump to reach an agreement that addresses China’s unfair trade practices and policies  …
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State-Level Policies

  • Oklahoma Legislative Update

    AGGREGATE BILL PROPOSED A bill has been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature that would allow counties to levy a severance tax on rock, gravel, granite, sand, limestone and other natural minerals mined in the county by for-profit businesses for the purpose of producing aggregate. Currently there is an exemption for sand extracted for use in hydraulic…
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  • PESA Members a Critical Part of Oklahoma Job Growth

    Job growth in Oklahoma is booming, and PESA is proud of our Member Companies who are contributing to the success of the Sooner State. In 2017, five of the most active drillers in Oklahoma pledged $5.5 billion in capital investments, resulting in 30,000 energy jobs and 165,000 indirect jobs.   The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board…
    Read More
  • SB 181 Signed Into Law in Colorado

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday a major overhaul of the state’s oil and gas rules, encouraging state regulators to focus on public safety and environmental concerns. Colorado ranks fifth nationally in crude oil production and sixth in natural gas, contributing $32 billion annually to the state economy, including taxes and 89,000…
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  • Members Gather in Austin for 2019 Texas Energy Day

    On February 20, more than 700 Texans gathered in Austin to visit with lawmakers and elevate oil and gas issues as part of Texas Energy Day.  PESA Members were included in the more than 60 companies, associations and chambers of commerce who sponsored the event hosted by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA). Texas Energy…
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  • Judge Temporarily Blocks Drilling in Wyoming

    A federal judge in Wyoming has temporarily halted drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming, ruling the Interior Department violated federal law by not addressing the impact of climate change. The decision, issued March 19 by U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, was the result of a case brought by two advocacy groups, WildEarth…
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  • New Mexico Legislative Session Ends With Some Wins for Industry

    The New Mexico legislative session ended Saturday at noon with some wins and some losses for the oil and gas industry. As the state’s data shows production soaring to a record 250 million barrels in 2018 thanks to increased oil production in southeastern New Mexico, lawmakers sent a record high $7 billion budget to the…
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  • Colorado Legislature Pushes Forward With Oil & Gas Restrictions

    Even though Colorado voters defeated Prop 112 – a bill that would severely restrict oil and gas product in the state – in November’s election with 57% of the vote, state lawmakers have pushed forward with sweeping changes to industry regulations. On Friday, March 1, Senate Bill 181, Protect Welfare Oil and Gas Operations, was introduced. PESA’s…
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  • Energy Outlook: State Legislative Sessions Convene

    State legislatures kicked off their 2019 sessions this month with a variety of issues that could impact the oilfield services and equipment sector. TEXAS While the Texas economy continues to grow at a record level, the state’s Comptroller Glenn Hegar cautioned lawmakers ahead of the legislative session that fluctuations in oil and gas revenues could…
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  • PESA To Participate in Texas Energy Day

    The third annual Texas Energy Day kicks off in Austin on February 20, bringing together oil and gas professionals from across the state to advocate for the industry and share knowledge. PESA is pleased to participate in and support this event. Organized by the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA), the event has proven to be an effective way…
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  • Congressional Update: Year-End Spending, 301 Tariffs, Oklahoma Spotlight

    YEAR-END SPENDING The U.S. House and Senate are currently working through the final year-end spending bill, which covers a quarter of the government’s operations. The rest of the operations passed earlier this year. At issue is $5 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall that is being requested by President Trump. Absent…
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  • Members Energize for Highway Safety in Oklahoma

    Officials debuted a new Highway Safety Zone designation on November 27 in Kingfisher, OK during a meeting about boosting safety awareness on high-traffic roads. The event, sponsored by the Energize for Safety Coalition, saw more than 200 attendees meet for a panel discussion about ongoing traffic issues. Coalition President and Founder Tom Robins moderated the discussion with…
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  • Texas to Become Leading LNG Exporter

    Texas will soon become a leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) according to participants in a panel briefing on December 13 sponsored by the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable. Representatives from Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, EnerVest Ltd., Chenier Energy and TIPRO discussed how this development will affect the state’s policies and economy moving forward….
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  • Oklahoma Highway Safety Event

    Traffic and safety are a top concern in Oklahoma communities where energy is produced and transported. Earlier this year, PESA joined the Energize for Safety Coalition, a nonprofit coalition of community leaders, energy providers and safety supporters who are committed to positively impacting driver safety. PESA Members are invited to attend a special announcement and…
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Notices

  • Policy Update Notices

    Jan. 22: FERC is pushing back its January meeting by one week because the holidays interfere with preparation time. January’s meeting will now take place on the fourth Thursday of the month, Jan. 22. FERC also announced that its Feb. 19 meeting will begin an hour earlier than usual to accommodate a technical conference on…
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