Policy Update Notices

Policy Update Notices

General Policies

  • New Rules for Oklahoma Go into Effect

    Several new rules implemented by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission affecting the state’s oil and gas industry went into effect on August 1. According to OCC spokesman Matt Skinner, the changes were part of a collaborative effort that included all stakeholders. “All rule-making involves input from all stakeholders,” he said. “That ranges, of course, from industry…
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  • Colorado Begins Implementation of SB 181

    The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) met on July 31 to begin the process of implementing Senate Bill 181 that was signed by Gov. Jared Polis earlier this year. The bill gives cities and counties more control over the siting of wells while amending the state’s current preemption law that provides protection from…
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  • TxDOT Releases Unified Transportation Program for Permian

    On July 11, TxDOT held a workshop outlining the Unified Transportation Program (UTP) where $600 million in additional funding for the Permian Basin was outlined. This funding, good for the next two years, comes from a new funding stream and has the potential to be extended every two years during future revisions of the UTP….
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Federal Policies

  • USTR Formally Announces Section 301 List 3 Exclusion Process

    The United States Trade Representative has announced that the Section 301 product exclusion petition process for articles included on List 3 will open on June 30, 2019 and close on September 30, 2019. A full copy of this notice includes additional details. Although USTR has modified the process in this round by requiring more information, it…
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  • PESA Testimony Regarding Proposed 301 Tariffs Modification

    PESA Vice President Government Affairs Tim Tarpley testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission on June 17, 2019. The following is the transcript of PESA’s testimony. (Full transcript available here.)   Committee Chairman Busis, and distinguished members of the Section 301 Committee, thank you for permitting me to appear today. My name is Tim Tarpley,…
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  • PESA Joins More Than 600 Companies, Associations Urging Resolution to China Trade Dispute

    PESA joined more than 600 U.S. companies and associations June 13 representing retail, technology, manufacturing and agriculture in urging the Trump Administration to avoid additional tariffs and reach a resolution with China. Click here to read the letter. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives has held hearings this week regarding the proposed 25% tariffs on…
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  • Two Oilfield Tariff Exclusions Granted by USTR

    PESA is pleased to announce that two product exclusions that PESA filed for Member Companies have just been granted by USTR. The two products are: Oil field crank-balanced long stroke and berm pumps (described in HTS code 8413.50.0010) Centrifugal pumps (described in HTS code 8413.70.2090). Further details can be found in the federal register. All…
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  • PESA Actions on New Round of Section 301 Tariffs

    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25% on a new round of imports from China as part of the ongoing trade dispute. Tariffs of more than $250 billion in Chinese imports were already imposed in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2 and 3). The proposed List…
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  • Well Control Rule Revised, Finalized

    On May 2, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the much-anticipated revisions to its Well Control Rule. After careful review of the revisions, PESA leadership supports the changes and looks forward to following their implementation in the coming years. The revised rule removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to offshore development while maintaining safety…
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  • PESA Opposes Imposition of New 25% Tariff on Certain Imports into U.S. from China

    Today, USTR officially imposed a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of imports into the United States from China. This is an increase from the current tariff of 10% on these goods. Additionally, the President has threatened to expand this 25% tariff to include all incoming goods imported from China subject to the outcome of continued…
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  • Fish & Wildlife Service Propose Downlisting Endangered Burying Beetle

    On May 1, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed downlisting the American burying beetle under the Endangered Species Act from endangered to threatened, since it is no longer at risk of extinction. “Working collaboratively for almost three decades with states, zoos, federal agencies, private landowners and others … we have made some positive steps…
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  • Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    President Trump traveled to Crosby, TX on April 10 to sign two executive orders that expedite the permitting for crude and natural gas pipeline construction in the United States. PESA Vice Chair Roderick Larson, President & CEO, Oceaneering International, and PESA President Leslie Beyer attended the ceremony. The first order focuses on the Clean Water…
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  • Trump Administration Delays Implementation of Section 301 Tariffs

    On February 28, the Trump Administration, citing progress in talks with Beijing, formally delayed a planned increase in tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. These goods include thousands of products used by PESA members throughout their manufacturing chains. “[A]t the direction of the President, the Trade Representative, has determined that it no longer is…
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State-Level Policies

  • New Rules for Oklahoma Go into Effect

    Several new rules implemented by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission affecting the state’s oil and gas industry went into effect on August 1. According to OCC spokesman Matt Skinner, the changes were part of a collaborative effort that included all stakeholders. “All rule-making involves input from all stakeholders,” he said. “That ranges, of course, from industry…
    Read More
  • Colorado Begins Implementation of SB 181

    The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) met on July 31 to begin the process of implementing Senate Bill 181 that was signed by Gov. Jared Polis earlier this year. The bill gives cities and counties more control over the siting of wells while amending the state’s current preemption law that provides protection from…
    Read More
  • TxDOT Releases Unified Transportation Program for Permian

    On July 11, TxDOT held a workshop outlining the Unified Transportation Program (UTP) where $600 million in additional funding for the Permian Basin was outlined. This funding, good for the next two years, comes from a new funding stream and has the potential to be extended every two years during future revisions of the UTP….
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  • New Mexico EnergyPlex Conference Examines Current Energy Boom

    The annual New Mexico EnergyPlex Conference, hosted by the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County, was held June 26 at the Lea County Event Center in Hobbs, NM. The county, which is the second-highest oil and gas producing county in the United States, is home to many PESA members. Lea County is known as the…
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  • NMOGA Publishes Methane Mitigation Roadmap

    Analysis Will Help Guide Policymakers in Developing Regulatory Strategies to Further Reduce Emissions   On June 24, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) published a Methane Mitigation Roadmap, outlining areas where industry and government can work together to continue reductions in methane emissions. The roadmap identifies the four most reported sources of methane…
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  • PESA to Expand State Government Affairs Reach

    In response to increasing regulatory and legislative challenges found in locations where PESA Members operate, PESA plans to expand its Government Affairs operations in New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. In the coming months, PESA will host a series of policy forums addressing sector issues in these areas. Local legislators, policy experts, operators and PESA Member employees…
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  • Louisiana Legislature Ends Session

    The Louisiana Legislative session convened on April 8 and ended on June 6. During those two months, budget issues were at the forefront as teacher pay raises, infrastructure spending and salary increases for judges, district attorneys and assistant district attorneys were all considered. With substantial cash available and statewide elections pending, legislators were generous in…
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  • Texas and Oklahoma End Legislative Sessions

    Both Texas and Oklahoma reached the end of their legislative sessions for 2019 last week. TEXAS The 86th regular legislative session in Texas ended on the 140th day with school finance and property taxes dominating the session. However, several bills were passed that impact the oil and gas industry. Regulatory Agency Funding The Texas Railroad…
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  • PESA Hosts Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick

    PESA Members met with Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), at an informative meet-and-greet at NOV’s corporate headquarters in Houston on May 1.   Craddick provided the attendees with a candid, inside look at the current atmosphere in the Texas Legislature from an oil and gas perspective, and her agency’s collaboration…
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  • Oklahoma Legislative Update

    AGGREGATE BILL PROPOSED A bill has been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature that would allow counties to levy a severance tax on rock, gravel, granite, sand, limestone and other natural minerals mined in the county by for-profit businesses for the purpose of producing aggregate. Currently there is an exemption for sand extracted for use in hydraulic…
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  • PESA Members a Critical Part of Oklahoma Job Growth

    Job growth in Oklahoma is booming, and PESA is proud of our Member Companies who are contributing to the success of the Sooner State. In 2017, five of the most active drillers in Oklahoma pledged $5.5 billion in capital investments, resulting in 30,000 energy jobs and 165,000 indirect jobs.   The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board…
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  • SB 181 Signed Into Law in Colorado

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday a major overhaul of the state’s oil and gas rules, encouraging state regulators to focus on public safety and environmental concerns. Colorado ranks fifth nationally in crude oil production and sixth in natural gas, contributing $32 billion annually to the state economy, including taxes and 89,000…
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  • Members Gather in Austin for 2019 Texas Energy Day

    On February 20, more than 700 Texans gathered in Austin to visit with lawmakers and elevate oil and gas issues as part of Texas Energy Day.  PESA Members were included in the more than 60 companies, associations and chambers of commerce who sponsored the event hosted by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA). Texas Energy…
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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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