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Houston, Texas (15 June 2016) – In response to today’s committee passage of the House Interior Appropriations Bill, Jason McFarland, IADC President, commented:
“The committee approval of this appropriations bill is an important step forward in ensuring that oil and gas regulations are fair and sensible. Of particular interest to drilling contractors is the inclusion of language surrounding the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Air Quality Control, Reporting and Compliance rule. Representatives John Culberson (R-TX) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) led the effort by offering an amendment that ensures BOEM is unable to enforce a final rule until they have completed their own air quality modeling studies and those have been reviewed and made available for public comment.”
“IADC thanks Representatives Culberson and Palazzo for their leadership on the amendment and for members of the committee who voted in support of the measure. The amendment takes a common-sense approach, and IADC appreciates their willingness to challenge BOEM in pursuit of an air quality rule based on sound science. In addition, IADC would also like to thank the committee for the inclusion of language regarding BSEE’s well control rule.”
Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.