Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • PESA Government Affairs and International Trade Policy Subcommittees Host Meetings with Key Stakeholders

    The PESA Government Affairs Subcommittee, co-chaired by Kevin Crowley, Forged Products, and Tom Moyers, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company, have several significant activities planned this fall. Members will participate in PESA’s first Executive Washington Fly-In which will be held September 26-28. Meeting are scheduled with House and Senate members from both parties, as well as key officials from the…
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  • PESA Promotes Strong Investment Protections Under NAFTA

    On September 1, PESA voiced its strong support for investment protections, including a robust investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) via letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and other key members of the Trump Administration. Round two of NAFTA negotiations closed September 5, and the U.S. has yet…
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  • PESA Joins with Trade Group to Seek Robust OCS Leasing Program

    On August 17, PESA joined with industry trade associations in submitting comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding the next five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Joint Trade group urged BOEM to make available in the next leasing program all OCS areas having potential oil…
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Federal Policies

  • PESA Government Affairs and International Trade Policy Subcommittees Host Meetings with Key Stakeholders

    The PESA Government Affairs Subcommittee, co-chaired by Kevin Crowley, Forged Products, and Tom Moyers, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company, have several significant activities planned this fall. Members will participate in PESA’s first Executive Washington Fly-In which will be held September 26-28. Meeting are scheduled with House and Senate members from both parties, as well as key officials from the…
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  • PESA Promotes Strong Investment Protections Under NAFTA

    On September 1, PESA voiced its strong support for investment protections, including a robust investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) via letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and other key members of the Trump Administration. Round two of NAFTA negotiations closed September 5, and the U.S. has yet…
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  • PESA Joins with Trade Group to Seek Robust OCS Leasing Program

    On August 17, PESA joined with industry trade associations in submitting comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding the next five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Joint Trade group urged BOEM to make available in the next leasing program all OCS areas having potential oil…
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  • BSEE to Commence Rulemaking Process to Revise Well Control Rule

    On August 4, 2017, PESA was part of a Joint Trade group that presented industry’s remaining concerns with the Well Control Rule (WCR) to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). During the conference call, which was led by BSEE Director Scott Angelle, technical experts from industry discussed the issues and recommendations captured in…
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  • PESA Joins Business Effort to Maintain Investment Protection Provisions as NAFTA Renegotiations Commence

    As renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) commence this week, a key issue remaining under consideration is whether to include core investment access and investment protections, enforceable through the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. The Trump Administration has expressed concern that ISDS could provide greater rights to NAFTA-country investors than domestic investors….
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  • PESA Requests Postponement of Compliance Dates for BLM Rule

    Per a Presidential Executive Order promoting energy independence and economic growth, the Department of Interior (DOI) was requested to review the methane venting and flaring rule which was promulgated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and took effect January 17, 2017. If the DOI concludes the rule is not aligned with current energy policy,…
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  • PESA Submits Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation to USTR

    In May, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) commenced the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In addition to consulting with the U.S. Congress, USTR requested public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA to inform the U.S. negotiating position. In comments submitted to USTR, PESA provided the…
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  • PESA Joins with Trade Group to Seek Improvements in Well Control Rule

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) finalized the Well Control Rule (WCR) in May 2016. With the change in the Administration, PESA joined a Joint Trade group – led by American Petroleum Institute (API) – to seek improvement in the subject rule. Since January, industry experts have worked to identify provisions of the…
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  • PESA Joins with Trade Group in Responding to BOEM’s GOM Draft Supplemental EIS

    In comments submitted on Monday, May 15, PESA joined a Joint Trade effort to express concern to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding its draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) OCS lease sale.  The Joint Trades took exception to BOEM including in the SEIS “new, substantive, yet…
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  • EPA Reverses Course with Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources. The report stated that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances, and also identifies uncertainties and data gaps.  The agency claims that these uncertainties and data…
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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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