Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • 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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  • PESA Environmental Policy Committee Meets with EPA on Regulatory Aquatic Toxicity Study

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for the western portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico – stewarded by EPA Region 6 – became effective on October 1, 2017 . Under the directive of this permit, and a similar permit administered by EPA Region…
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  • BSEE Expected to Release Draft Well Control Rule in Early 2018

    On December 12, 2017, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) submitted a revised Well Control Rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. (OIRA is part of the Office of Management and Budget.) It is anticipated that OIRA’s review of the draft rule may take two to three months. PESA is part of…
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Federal Policies

  • 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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  • PESA Environmental Policy Committee Meets with EPA on Regulatory Aquatic Toxicity Study

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for the western portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico – stewarded by EPA Region 6 – became effective on October 1, 2017 . Under the directive of this permit, and a similar permit administered by EPA Region…
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  • BSEE Expected to Release Draft Well Control Rule in Early 2018

    On December 12, 2017, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) submitted a revised Well Control Rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. (OIRA is part of the Office of Management and Budget.) It is anticipated that OIRA’s review of the draft rule may take two to three months. PESA is part of…
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  • PESA Advocates Support for Robust 2019-2024 Draft Five-Year OCS Leasing Program

    On January 8, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published in the Federal Register the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for 2019-2024. The DPP proposes potential access to resources in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. After the release of the DPP, Secretary of…
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  • Department of Interior Announces Draft Five-Year OCS Leasing Program

    On January 4, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the release of the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for 2019-2024. The DPP proposes to make 90 percent of OCS acreage available to consider for future exploration and development. Identified in the DPP are 47 potential lease…
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  • Congress Passes Tax Reform Legislation

    Yesterday, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)* – the most sweeping tax overhaul since 1986. TCJA cuts the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%, while maintaining key oil and natural gas deductions (intangible drilling costs, percentage depletion and amortization of geological and geophysical costs). Other key priorities for the industry include: Adoption…
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  • PESA Environmental Policy Committee Leads Oilfield Service Sector’s Involvement in Regulatory Aquatic Toxicity Study

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for the western portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico – Region 6. The NPDES General Permit took effect on October 1 and establishes regulatory requirements for discharges from exploration and production facilities in federal…
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  • Industry Requests Multilateral Approach to Venezuelan Crisis

    In August, the Trump Administration imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela, further isolating the regime of President Nicolás Maduro which has suppressed democracy and eroded living standards across the country. Recent reports indicate the Trump Administration is considering imposing unilateral energy sanctions, which could prohibit American companies from working in Venezuela’s oilfields or bar the imports…
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  • PESA Discusses Key Policy Issues with Sen. Cornyn’s Houston Director

    On November 8, Bob Ryan, Deputy General Counsel, Stallion Oilfield Services; Phillip Shotts, Associated General Counsel and Director of IP, FairfieldNodal; and Jean Gould, Senior Director – Public Policy, PESA, met with Jay Guerrero, Regional Director SE Texas – ‎United States Senate, Office of Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). The meeting was a great opportunity to introduce…
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  • PESA Joins with Trade Group in Supporting the Bipartisan SECURE American Energy Act

    On November 6, PESA joined with seven industry trade associations to voice support for the Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act (SECURE Act). The goal of the ambitious bill – which is sponsored by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), and Congressmen Henry…
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State-Level Policies

  • 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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  • Pennsylvania: Peters Township forms group to study future of fracking

    Council Members in Peters Township voted unanimously on January 26 to form a working group to study whether drilling should be allowed within the municipality. The Council had hoped to have a new ordinance regarding drilling practices in place by next month, but said it was more important to have a well-researched ordinance in place. Working group members…
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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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