Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • Two Oilfield Tariff Exclusions Granted by USTR

    PESA is pleased to announce that two product exclusions that PESA filed for Member Companies have just been granted by USTR. The two products are: Oil field crank-balanced long stroke and berm pumps (described in HTS code 8413.50.0010) Centrifugal pumps (described in HTS code 8413.70.2090). Further details can be found in the federal register. All…
    Read More
  • Texas and Oklahoma End Legislative Sessions

    Both Texas and Oklahoma reached the end of their legislative sessions for 2019 last week. TEXAS The 86th regular legislative session in Texas ended on the 140th day with school finance and property taxes dominating the session. However, several bills were passed that impact the oil and gas industry. Regulatory Agency Funding The Texas Railroad…
    Read More
  • PESA Actions on New Round of Section 301 Tariffs

    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25% on a new round of imports from China as part of the ongoing trade dispute. Tariffs of more than $250 billion in Chinese imports were already imposed in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2 and 3). The proposed List…
    Read More

Federal Policies

  • Two Oilfield Tariff Exclusions Granted by USTR

    PESA is pleased to announce that two product exclusions that PESA filed for Member Companies have just been granted by USTR. The two products are: Oil field crank-balanced long stroke and berm pumps (described in HTS code 8413.50.0010) Centrifugal pumps (described in HTS code 8413.70.2090). Further details can be found in the federal register. All…
    Read More
  • PESA Actions on New Round of Section 301 Tariffs

    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25% on a new round of imports from China as part of the ongoing trade dispute. Tariffs of more than $250 billion in Chinese imports were already imposed in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2 and 3). The proposed List…
    Read More
  • Well Control Rule Revised, Finalized

    On May 2, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the much-anticipated revisions to its Well Control Rule. After careful review of the revisions, PESA leadership supports the changes and looks forward to following their implementation in the coming years. The revised rule removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to offshore development while maintaining safety…
    Read More
  • PESA Opposes Imposition of New 25% Tariff on Certain Imports into U.S. from China

    Today, USTR officially imposed a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of imports into the United States from China. This is an increase from the current tariff of 10% on these goods. Additionally, the President has threatened to expand this 25% tariff to include all incoming goods imported from China subject to the outcome of continued…
    Read More
  • Fish & Wildlife Service Propose Downlisting Endangered Burying Beetle

    On May 1, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed downlisting the American burying beetle under the Endangered Species Act from endangered to threatened, since it is no longer at risk of extinction. “Working collaboratively for almost three decades with states, zoos, federal agencies, private landowners and others … we have made some positive steps…
    Read More
  • Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    President Trump traveled to Crosby, TX on April 10 to sign two executive orders that expedite the permitting for crude and natural gas pipeline construction in the United States. PESA Vice Chair Roderick Larson, President & CEO, Oceaneering International, and PESA President Leslie Beyer attended the ceremony. The first order focuses on the Clean Water…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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….
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More

State-Level Policies

  • Texas and Oklahoma End Legislative Sessions

    Both Texas and Oklahoma reached the end of their legislative sessions for 2019 last week. TEXAS The 86th regular legislative session in Texas ended on the 140th day with school finance and property taxes dominating the session. However, several bills were passed that impact the oil and gas industry. Regulatory Agency Funding The Texas Railroad…
    Read More
  • PESA Hosts Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick

    PESA Members met with Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), at an informative meet-and-greet at NOV’s corporate headquarters in Houston on May 1.   Craddick provided the attendees with a candid, inside look at the current atmosphere in the Texas Legislature from an oil and gas perspective, and her agency’s collaboration…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More
  • 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…
    Read More

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…
    Read More