IPAA Welcomes Withdrawal of EPA Information Collection Request

IPAA Welcomes Withdrawal of EPA Information Collection Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representing the independent producers that develop 90 percent of America’s oil and natural gas wells, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Executive Vice President Lee Fuller issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement withdrawing its Information Collection Request (ICR) for oil and natural gas operators:

“IPAA is encouraged by the EPA’s decision to withdraw its Information Collection Request for oil and natural gas operators. While this information-gathering effort should have been a real opportunity for the decision-makers at EPA to better understand the complexities of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry, that ended up not being the case. The exercise imposed significant costs on companies to produce additional paperwork and added unnecessary burdens on producers’ technical teams to prepare and submit rushed comments under enormous time constraints. IPAA welcomes today’s announcement as it brings meaningful relief to independent producers across the nation and demonstrates that creating American jobs and developing U.S. energy is a high priority for the Trump administration.”

Last October, IPAA and the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) outlined industry’s concerns in formal comments to the EPA. In August 2016, IPAA, AXPC, and 47 additional U.S. oil and natural gas industry trade associations urged the EPA to work with the industry on its recent information-gathering request, allowing for a better and more thorough understanding of oil and natural gas operations.

About the Independent Petroleum Association of America
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) is a national upstream trade association representing thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States. Independent producers develop 90 percent of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 54 percent of America’s oil production, 85 percent of its natural gas production, and support over 2.1 million American jobs. Learn more about IPAA by visiting www.ipaa.org and following @IPAAaccess on Twitter.

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