Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • PESA Files 301 Product Exclusion Requests with USTR on Behalf of Member Companies

    On October 9, PESA filed a number of product exclusion requests under Section 301 for individual parts imported from China that make up Artificial Lift systems. If accepted by USTR, these exclusions will allow products fitting the descriptions to avoid additional duties of 25% being imposed on the products. The individual products filed were contained…
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  • PESA Visits Capitol Hill

    Tim Tarpley, PESA Vice President Government Affairs, visited Capitol Hill the week of September 24 to meet with House and Senate offices before the recess for the election. Tarpley met with a number of members of Congress from Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and California, as well as House leadership. He introduced PESA and the issues facing…
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  • PESA Works with Member Companies on 301 Exclusion Process

    The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has listed a number of products imported from China that are scheduled for an additional 10-25% duties on a staggered schedule in the coming months. (See previous PESA coverage) Many of these products are used by multiple PESA Member Companies. USTR has developed a product exclusion process that allows…
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Federal Policies

  • PESA Files 301 Product Exclusion Requests with USTR on Behalf of Member Companies

    On October 9, PESA filed a number of product exclusion requests under Section 301 for individual parts imported from China that make up Artificial Lift systems. If accepted by USTR, these exclusions will allow products fitting the descriptions to avoid additional duties of 25% being imposed on the products. The individual products filed were contained…
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  • PESA Visits Capitol Hill

    Tim Tarpley, PESA Vice President Government Affairs, visited Capitol Hill the week of September 24 to meet with House and Senate offices before the recess for the election. Tarpley met with a number of members of Congress from Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and California, as well as House leadership. He introduced PESA and the issues facing…
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  • PESA Works with Member Companies on 301 Exclusion Process

    The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has listed a number of products imported from China that are scheduled for an additional 10-25% duties on a staggered schedule in the coming months. (See previous PESA coverage) Many of these products are used by multiple PESA Member Companies. USTR has developed a product exclusion process that allows…
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  • PESA Testifies Against New Tariffs at the USTR Section 301 Committee

    PESA Vice President Government Affairs Tim Tarpley testified before the US Trade Representative 301 Committee on Thursday August 23, 2018. The following is the transcript of PESA’s testimony; the full transcript is available at USTR.gov.   BISHOP: Our next witness is Tim Tarpley with the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association.  Mr. Tarpley, you have five…
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  • PESA to Submit 301 Product Exclusion Requests On Behalf of Members

    After the Trump Administration this summer imposed a 25% tariff on some products imported from China, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of Chinese products that would be affected. This tariff could have significant negative effects on many PESA members, and USTR has set up a process in which trade organizations can make submissions on…
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  • PESA Seeks Clarity From BSEE

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently extended the comment period for a rule proposed in May for Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control-Revisions. Although PESA welcomes BSEE’s proposal to revise the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control rule, a key objective of…
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  • PESA to Testify on Section 301 China Tariffs

    PESA’s Tim Tarpley, Vice President Government Affairs, will testify in front of United States Trade Representative (USTR) on behalf of PESA on August 23 in Washington, D.C. PESA will argue that the Section 301 tariffs on some Chinese goods could have unintended consequences and disrupt the supply chain for many PESA member companies. If your companies…
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  • In pivot from previously threatened retaliatory measures, Trump announces $200 billion more in tariffs against China   June 19, 2018 Late in the day on Monday, June 18, President Trump ordered $200 billion in retaliatory tariffs against China, in lieu of a previously discussed $100 billion option. The new plan would institute 10% duties on…
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  • Members Share Insights on Current Trade Regulations and the Effects on Supply Chain

    PESA Supply Chain and International Trade Policy Committees Jointly Host Roundtable on Trade Regulations, Tariffs, and the Potential Effects on Supply Chain   The PESA Supply Chain Committee holds quarterly roundtable events educating PESA member companies on the various trends, challenges and solutions affecting domestic and global supply chain functions. The most recent roundtable, Trade Regulations, Tariffs, and…
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  • U.S. Imposes Tariffs on $34 Billion of Chinese Goods

    On Friday, June 15, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the final set of Chinese products subject to 25% import tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. An initial list of 818 product lines worth roughly $34 billion will be subject to duties by Customs and Border Protection…
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State-Level Policies

  • PESA Forms Task Force to Help Coordinate Member Companies’ Engagement in Colorado

    Earlier this month, PESA announced the formation of the Colorado Task Force to provide support and help facilitate coordination among PESA members with operations in Colorado in relation to upcoming ballot initiatives and other legislative issues in the state. Colorado accounts for roughly 4% of the oil production in the U.S. and is among the…
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  • PESA Submits Comments on Delaware River Basin Commission Proposed Fracking Ban

    On March 29, 2018, PESA submitted comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on its proposed rule to ban hydraulic fracking in the region. PESA stated that DRBC efforts to prohibit the development of energy resources through a fracking ban did not align with sound science or responsible policymaking. The proposed ban would infringe…
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  • U.S. Key State-Level Hydraulic Fracturing Activities

    Colorado: Several cities in the state – including Boulder, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Longmont – have voted over the last several years to temporarily or permanently halt drilling and/or hydraulic fracturing within city limits.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (“COGA”) sued Longmont, Lafayette and Fort Collins on the grounds that local governments are preempted…
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  • Forecasting What the 2016 Election Means for the Oilfield

    While a change in tone on federal energy and environmental policy is likely to come under President-elect Donald Trump, the oilfield should be ready to pivot its attention as activist groups shift their attention towards the states and courts. While President Obama’s term saw a dramatic increase in US oil and gas production and the…
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  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Colorado Newspaper & Pennsylvania Doctors Latest Voices in Debate

    While recent political focus has been on the ballot box, the debate over hydraulic fracturing continues in states across the country. On November 4, the Editorial Board of the Denver Post voiced its strong support for hydraulic fracturing.  According to the editorial: Hydraulic fracturing “has been a very good thing for the country and it…
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  • Expansion of Road Damage Suit to Service Companies Raises Concerns

    Dimmit County, in the Eagle Ford region of Texas, recently amended its suit against Murphy Oil to name numerous oilfield service companies alleging damage to a county-owned road. The county’s suit argues that the named operating companies, drilling contractors, and oilfield service and equipment providers operated trucks over the 6.9-mile road “in an unreasonable and…
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  • Key State-Level Activities

    Pennsylvania: The state Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of implementing the requirements of the new oil and gas law.  As currently proposed, the regulations would require confidential disclosure to the Department of chemicals intentionally added to the stimulation fluid by name and CAS number as well as maximum concentration in the fluid….
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  • State Level Activities

    Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PADEP”) is in the process of revising its regulations and forms to implement the requirements of the new oil and gas law.  PADEP is expected to release the new well completion forms and the Confidential Chemical Registration form to implement the trade secret provisions soon.  PADEP released changes…
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  • New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking

    The New York Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday officially banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state despite the EPA’s multi-year study on hydraulic fracturing concluded that the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources,” nor did the decade-long spread of fracking cause extensive damage to…
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  • Proposed Pennsylvania’s Gas Severance Threatens Energy Development, Study Finds

    The Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania (API-PA) released a study May 7 that revealed the potential for economic damage if a proposed natural gas severance tax is passed by state lawmakers. The report analyzed the impact of Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to add a 5 percent tax on the value of the natural gas extracted…
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  • Wyoming: State to strengthen fracking chemical disclosure requirements

    The Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission agreed to a settlement on January 23 that strengthens its criteria for requests to protect confidentiality of chemicals used in fracking operations. Currently, the Wyoming Public Records Act (WPRA) requires that oil and gas companies disclose information about the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations. Companies my request an exemption on…
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  • Texas: College Station passes updated oil and gas ordinance

    On January 22, the College Station City Council unanimously approved its updated oil and gas ordinance. The revised ordinance requires drilling companies to pay to repair the roads they use and also establishes a 600 foot setback from residences. Some residents at the meeting spoke out against the proposal, advocating for 1,500-foot setbacks. [email_link]
  • Texas: Regulators reverse decision on less inspections

    The Texas Railroad Commission recently pulled its proposal for increased inspections at urban drilling sites. Executive Director Milton Rister said there is no indication that there are higher rates of noncompliance by oil and gas operators in urban area than anywhere else in the state. Instead, Rister has proposed adding a community liaison officer in the agency’s Forth…
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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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