Drilling Industry News
Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the withdrawal of its request for information regarding greenhouse gas emissions. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:
“Secretary Perry has a successful history of supporting oil and gas development, while also encouraging the development of renewable energy sources, and he is therefore well suited in his new role at the DOE. IADC specifically hopes to work with Secretary Perry to ensure a more timely review of LNG export permits and on revitalizing the Fossil Office within the Department.
“It is the mandate of the Department of Interior to develop the tremendous natural resources within the U.S., and to ensure that this is done in a safe and environmentally sound manner. IADC looks forward to working with Secretary Zinke and his staff on a wide variety of issues including the BSEE Well Control Rule, BOEM’s Air Quality Rule, BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule and other issues related to contractor liability and financial assurance.
The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is hosting an “IADC Onshore Drilling 101” Lunch and Learn event at noon today at 406 Dirksen/EPW Committee Hearing Room. Onshore IADC members will present information about the role of the drilling contractor in the well construction process and will present industry safety data and feature a discussion on environmental stewardship.
“IADC and its members are looking forward to working with Administrator Pruitt on a wide variety of high-profile regulations that carry with them the ability to deeply impact oil and gas activities in this country. Given his background, and his Oklahoma roots, we expect that Administrator Pruitt has a unique understanding of our industry and the vitally important role it plays in the U.S. economy.
U.S. House Votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM Rule on Methane Emissions; IADC Applauds Actions, Urges Senate to Act Swiftly
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38 which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:
U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Votes to Send Scott Pruitt for Full Senate Confirmation; IADC Praises Decision
Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works supported President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, for full Senate confirmation. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement.
Senate ENR Committee Votes to Send Two Trump Nominees to Full Senate Floor for Confirmation; IADC Applauds Advancement of Nominees
Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance President Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry for Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Department of Interior to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation.
The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) recently launched Drilling Matters, a new multimedia website that aims to inform, educate and dispel misconceptions about the oil and gas industry.
As a Member of Congress representing Montana, Rep. Zinke has a unique understanding of the importance of public lands, and in his appointed position, he will have control over federal lands and will regulate offshore energy development. Advancing U.S. energy should be at the forefront of the new administration’s energy policy, and IADC and its members look forward to the opportunity to work with Rep. Zinke on initiatives that will continue to enable the U.S. to be an energy powerhouse.
The selection of Scott Pruitt to the role of Administrator of the EPA indicates a clear focus of the incoming administration to foster oil and gas development in the United States.
IADC Comments on Federal Offshore Leasing Program, Expresses Disappointment with Exclusion of Arctic
“By failing to include the Arctic in the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program, the outgoing Administration has proven that it is not interested in growing an industry that provides both jobs and economic benefits for all Americans. IADC members are disappointed that all areas outside of the Gulf of Mexico are excluded from the plan, as it signals a missed opportunity to supply more jobs and strengthen energy independence for the U.S.”