Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • PESA Joins Alliance for Competitive Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

    On March 19, PESA joined the Alliance for Competitive Steel and Aluminum Tariffs (ACSAT), which represents steel and aluminum downstream users and U.S. exporters. ACSAT is being led by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and comprised of more than 40 trade associations (including PESA, IPAA and API). ACSAT’s objective is to promote policies that…
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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. Commerce Department’s Assistant Secretary Meets With PESA

    A delegation from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) met with PESA Executives at a trade policy roundtable co-hosted by PESA and the Asia Society. Elizabeth Erin Walsh, Assistant Secretary and Director General for Global Market led DOC’s delegation. The objective of the roundtable was to discuss policies and programs which could increase U.S. oil…
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Federal Policies

  • PESA Joins Alliance for Competitive Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

    On March 19, PESA joined the Alliance for Competitive Steel and Aluminum Tariffs (ACSAT), which represents steel and aluminum downstream users and U.S. exporters. ACSAT is being led by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and comprised of more than 40 trade associations (including PESA, IPAA and API). ACSAT’s objective is to promote policies that…
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  • U.S. Commerce Department’s Assistant Secretary Meets With PESA

    A delegation from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) met with PESA Executives at a trade policy roundtable co-hosted by PESA and the Asia Society. Elizabeth Erin Walsh, Assistant Secretary and Director General for Global Market led DOC’s delegation. The objective of the roundtable was to discuss policies and programs which could increase U.S. oil…
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  • Department of Commerce Issues Process for Requesting Product Exclusion from Tariffs

    On March 19, the Department of Commerce released an interim final rule setting forth the process for submitting requests to exclude products from the Section 232 tariffs announced by the White House on March 8, 2018. An exclusion may be granted if an affected party can show the steel or aluminum product is not produced…
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  • PESA Submits Comments Supporting Robust 2019-2024 Draft Five-Year OCS Leasing Program

    On March 9, PESA submitted comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) strongly supporting the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program for 2019-2024 (DPP). The DPP would make available more than 90% of the total OCS acreage and more than 98% of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and…
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  • PESA to Host Webinar on OSHA Silica Rule Compliance

    On June 23, 2018, the oil and natural gas industry must be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new standards for respirable crystalline silica. While OSHA finalized the rule in 2016, it provided general industry (which includes oil and gas) two years to achieve compliance. OSHA lowered the Permissible Exposure Level…
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  • Trump Administration Levies Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

    On March 8, President Trump signed proclamations levying a 25% global tariff on steel and a 10% global tariff on aluminum. Canada and Mexico – which supply 16% and 9% of U.S. steel imports, respectively – are currently exempted subject to ongoing NAFTA negotiations. The steel and aluminum tariffs will take effect in 15 days….
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  • 2018 PESA Washington, D.C. Fly-In Report

    Representatives from PESA member companies – ASRC Energy Services, AUGE Industrial, Baker Hughes, a GE company, Caterpillar Oil & Gas, DistributionNOW, Duff & Phelps, FairfieldNodal, Forged Products, Frank’s International, Gardner Denver Energy Group, Halliburton, Industrial Tax Consulting, Li Gear, LoneStar Group, National Oilwell Varco, OFS Portal, Schlumberger, Stallion Oilfield Services, Sunbelt Steel, TechnipFMC, Vallourec USA,…
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  • EPA Amends Methane Emission Regulations

    On March 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued amendments to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry. The amendments address two of the “fugitive emissions” requirements in the 2016 NSPS rule. In the first amendment, EPA eliminated a requirement for operators to repair leaks during unscheduled or…
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  • Trump Administration to Impose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

    Today President Trump announced plans to impose a 25% global tariff on steel and a 10% global tariff on aluminum. The announcement is the result of a U.S. Department of Commerce investigation – Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act – that determined steel and aluminum imports were harming U.S. national security. The Commerce…
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  • BLM Expected to Release Proposed Methane Emissions Rule

    A priority of the oil and gas industry is overturning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) methane venting and flaring rule. Per a Presidential Executive Order on promoting energy independence and economic growth, the Secretary of the Interior is requested to review the subject rule for consistency with the Administration’s policy. Since the methane rule…
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State-Level Policies

  • 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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  • Pennsylvania: Bill to protect small drillers

    A bill to protect small oil and gas producers from state regulations has cleared initial hurdles within the Pennsylvania State Senate. SB 297 by Sen. Scott Hutchinson is supported by “mom and pop” drillers as necessary to protect jobs and bottom lines. The bill calls for creation of a Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council to advise state…
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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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