Coalition of Oil and Natural Gas Trades Support Energy Week in the U.S. House

Coalition of Oil and Natural Gas Trades Support Energy Week in the U.S. House

DENVER – A coalition of oil and natural gas trade associations today lauded the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for organizing Energy Week and focusing on passing a slate of bills to enhance domestic oil and natural gas production. The groups combined represent companies that produce an estimated 80 percent of oil and natural gas in the U.S. The associations include Western Energy Alliance, Energy Workforce and Technology Council, Independent Petroleum Association of America, International Association of Drilling Contractors, National Ocean Industries Association, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and U.S. Oil and Gas Association.

Starting today the U.S. House will take up the following six bills focused on domestic production, including:

  • H.R. 1121 – Protecting American Energy Protection Act
  • H.R. 1023 – Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act
  • H.R. 6009 – Restoring American Energy Dominance Act
  • H.R. 7023 – Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act
  • H. Res. 987 – Denouncing Biden’s Anti-American Energy Policies
  • H. Con. Res 86 – Sense of Congress opposing a carbon tax.

“Since taking office, President Biden’s administration has implemented 200 actions threatening production of oil and natural gas. We appreciate the House majority for organizing Energy Week and working to pass a slate of bills that address the administration’s regulatory overreach. Our members are small- to mid-sized companies operating across the West that produce oil and natural gas in a manner that is clean and environmentally responsible. We’re glad House lawmakers recognize our members are ready to meet the growing demand for energy in the U.S., and that they can’t do it when the federal government constantly threatens them with overreaching regulations.” Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance

“America’s independent oil and natural gas producers appreciate House leadership prioritizing the United States’ role as an energy leader with the suite of bills brought forward this week. U.S. oil and natural gas producers are leading the way in emissions reductions as they innovate to provide more energy to Americans and the world. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration has sought to reverse that progress by restricting access to the safe, proven technologies companies can use. The solutions brought forward this week would improve independents’ ability to operate and produce energy for the American people and our allies. In particular, IPAA has a keen interest in seeing HR 1121 pass. The legislation will prevent the current and future Administrations from imposing a nationwide fracking ban and would also ensure that states retain regulating authority. IPAA challenged a previous Obama Administration Rule on hydraulic fracturing, which would have had severe impacts for our member companies if the rule had gone into effect. By safely unlocking America’s abundant natural resources, fracking has created millions of American jobs, reduced energy prices, brought cleaner air by significantly reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 25-year-lows, strengthened our national security, and transformed the United States into a global energy superpower.” Jeff Eshelman, President & CEO of Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
“As attacks on the energy industry continue to ramp up, there is no better time for the House to bring up Energy Week. It is critical that legislation is passed to prevent attempts at tearing apart the American oil and gas industry and threatening our energy security. Energy Workforce is proud to support HR 1121, prohibiting a presidential moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and HR 6009, nullifying BLM’s proposed rule that would increase bonding rates for production on federal lands. It is critical that Congress stand up and take action to protect the American energy workforce.” Tim Tarpley, President of Energy and Technology Council“NOIA appreciates House Leadership’s focus on a robust Energy Week and applauds the focus on advancing pro-growth policy for our nation’s energy future. A strong American energy sector is an enduring source of national security, economic growth, and quality of life. House Leadership is demonstrating a proactive approach, offering durable solutions to some of our most pressing energy challenges. Importantly included for offshore industry this week is Congressman Rouzer’s H.R. 7023, Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act, which will provide critical regulatory certainty for businesses operating under Clean Water Act permits in the Gulf of Mexico.” Erik Milito, President of NOIA

“This package of bills is an important step in pushing back against the anti-energy and anti-consumer Biden Administration and its war on U.S. domestic energy. It is critical for our industry, our nation, and the world to promote and expand abundant, affordable, and reliable petroleum energy production and support efforts to maintain our economy. We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for promoting sound energy policy and working to pass this important legislation.” Karr Ingham, Economist and President of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

“The federal mineral estate contains 2.46 billion acres, made up of 1.76 billion acres in the Outer Continental Shelf and 700 million of onshore lands. The state and private land mineral estate is around 1.5 billion acres by comparison. Yet the vast majority of our oil and natural gas in now produced from private and state lands. Why? Because the Biden Administration has taken the most hostile approach to development of federal oil and gas of any Administration in history. Energy Week is designed to give the President a much-needed course correction.” Tim Stewart, President of U.S. Oil & Gas Association

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