Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • 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….
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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Federal Policies

  • 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….
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • Congressional Update: House Appropriations, New Climate Change Committee

    Congress remains deadlocked on passing a government funding bill that can pass both chambers and be signed by the President. Currently, one-third of the government has reached a lapse in appropriations which includes the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Treasury Department, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation,…
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  • How the Government Shutdown is Affecting the Oil & Gas Industry

    Today marks the 27th day the federal government has been locked in a partial shutdown, extending its lead over the 21-day shutdown that occurred under President Bill Clinton in 1995. With neither the President nor Congress showing any willingness to budge, uncertainty surrounding how long the shutdown will last has caused some in the oilfield equipment and…
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  • PESA Hosts Second Webinar on OSHA Silica Rule

    On January 16, PESA hosted its second educational webinar on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard, bringing together experts from across the industry to discuss the silica standard with discussion on best practices for compliance. Representatives from PESA Companies AIRIS Wellsite Services, Atlas Sand, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Black Mountain Sand, DistributionNOW, Halliburton,…
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  • PESA to Host Silica Webinar: Best Practices for Compliance

    On June 23, 2018, the oil and gas industry was required to be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new standards for respirable crystalline silica. The standard was created to combat crystalline silica exposure at general industry and maritime operations, which can cause adverse health effects to employees who are exposed. The PESA Environmental Policy…
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  • 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…
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  • Americans for Free Trade Call on White House to End Trade War

    Nearly 150 Business Groups Ask White House to Capitalize on G20 Meeting and End Trade War Ahead of Looming New Year’s Day Tariff Increase   Coalition of nearly 150 organizations representing U.S. manufacturers, farmers, retailers and consumers sends letter asking President Trump to reach an agreement that addresses China’s unfair trade practices and policies  …
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  • PESA Members Attend Conference on TCW Toxicity

    PESA Member Companies, industry experts, chemists and toxicologists joined together at a conference on October 16 to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) May 2017 proposed changes to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit (NPDES). The conference was hosted by the Offshore Operators Committee at AECOM. One of the purposes of the conference was…
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State-Level Policies

  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • Texas to Become Leading LNG Exporter

    Texas will soon become a leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) according to participants in a panel briefing on December 13 sponsored by the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable. Representatives from Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, EnerVest Ltd., Chenier Energy and TIPRO discussed how this development will affect the state’s policies and economy moving forward….
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  • Oklahoma Highway Safety Event

    Traffic and safety are a top concern in Oklahoma communities where energy is produced and transported. Earlier this year, PESA joined the Energize for Safety Coalition, a nonprofit coalition of community leaders, energy providers and safety supporters who are committed to positively impacting driver safety. PESA Members are invited to attend a special announcement and…
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  • Election Night 2018 Roundup

    As the dust settles on Election Night 2018, we can begin to evaluate the consequences that the election’s results may carry with them. Specifically, how could the election and the changes it brings impact the oil and gas industry? Like many split results, the answer is not always clear. COLORADO First, the good news: in…
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  • PESA Forms Task Force to Help Coordinate Member Companies’ Engagement in Colorado

    Earlier this month, PESA announced the formation of the Colorado Task Force to provide support and help facilitate coordination among PESA members with operations in Colorado in relation to upcoming ballot initiatives and other legislative issues in the state. Colorado accounts for roughly 4% of the oil production in the U.S. and is among the…
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  • PESA Submits Comments on Delaware River Basin Commission Proposed Fracking Ban

    On March 29, 2018, PESA submitted comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on its proposed rule to ban hydraulic fracking in the region. PESA stated that DRBC efforts to prohibit the development of energy resources through a fracking ban did not align with sound science or responsible policymaking. The proposed ban would infringe…
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  • 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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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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