A Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Response to Texas Tribune

Octoboer 11, 2018

 

“No one supports pollution. Period. No oil company, no regulator, no Texas elected official, no oil field worker. No one. To infer otherwise is simply false.”

 

Thursday Statement from the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers:

 

Our West Texas oil fields are the focus of recent reporting that, from the perspective of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, is at best one-sided. The recently released Texas Tribune article “West Texas Becomes the Worlds Extraction Colony…” misses the mark by an oil-country mile.

 

The Alliance has, and will continue to work aggressively, with state and federal officials to address all oil field issues. There is no problem that good policy and solid technology cannot solve. However, we will always rely on science, fact, and due process as the regulatory and policy benchmarks to ensure that decisions are made to best serve all Texans.

 

The Alliance has been doing this for a while. Here are some recent examples of our efforts:

 

  • The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers debuted the Permian Basin Petroleum Index to serve as a forecasting tool to assist decision makers inside and outside of industry with their economic predictions and planning.

 

  • We are engaged in Washington D.C. with the important issue of produced water as we gather facts through our White Paper initiatives for regulators and decision makers to consider during policy and rule making efforts.

See: http://texasalliance.org/written-comments-for-epa-october-9-2018-meeting-on-oil-and-gas-wastewater-management/

 

  • We are building a strong student membership program to ensure the next generation of oil field workers have the support and encouragement to find good paying jobs, and are able to address new environmental issues and concerns.

 

  • The Texas Alliance hosts conferences and events that have a statewide and even national impact. We bring industry professionals and the public together to educate our members on regulatory and legislative issues. The 2019 Alliance Expo & Annual Meeting, which will be held April 2-3 in Irving, Texas, will provide a great forum for members and guests to see the latest technology and services for the oil and gas industry.

See: http://texasalliance.org/texas-alliance-of-energy-producers-and-independent-petroleum-association-of-america-announce-joint-programs/

 

There are many more issues the Alliance will be addressing. But perhaps the most important comment we can make is that, through our members, we represent good people doing good work. It is honest work for good pay. It attracts smart and hardworking men and women that are willing to put in long hours and get their boots dirty.

 

No one supports pollution. Period. No oil company, no regulator, no Texas elected official, no oil field worker. No one. To infer otherwise is simply false.

 

In response to the one-sided reporting recently aired, the Texas Alliance would like to share with the public what has really been happening in our Texas Oil Fields.

 

We all have heard of the jobs, tax revenue growth, and opportunities created in the oil field. But readers should also be aware that there has been a concurrent growing and vibrant regulatory framework put in place with:

Texas, you can count on the Texas Alliance to be there to present the facts from the field, as well as the policies from the politicians, to make sure that the Texas oil fields are working for all Texans. God Bless our Texas oil fields and workers.

 

See the Texas Tribune Story here

 

 

Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Independent Petroleum Association of America Announce Joint Programs: TAEP

October 10, 2018

 

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (Alliance) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) are pleased to announce their joint effort on two new projects for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.

The first project is the 2018 White Paper on water use in the energy industry. This study,Sustainable Produced Water Policy, Regulatory Framework and Management in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry: 2019 and Beyond, will be an update of a 2014 White Paper co-authored by John Tintera, President of the Alliance.

The significant change in water use by the energy industry in the fracturing of oil and natural gas shales has led to more attention to how water is used and reused by the industry.

This study will analyze the costs and benefits of water use and any environmental risks associated with this water use. It is planned that this study will be completed and released in the spring of 2019 and provide a reference for the oil and natural gas industry, Legislators, State regulators and the public to determine the best plans for water use in the energy industry.

The second exciting collaboration involves the Alliance Expo & Annual Meeting in Irving, Texas on April 2-3, 2019. With both the Alliance and IPAA membership invited to this industry wide program, it is expected to be one of the largest events that these organizations have hosted.

Past Expo’s in Wichita Falls have had as many as 350 industry booths and up to 2,000 attendees. In addition to service industry representatives providing information on their products and services, attendees will be provided with educational programs that will cover legislative and regulatory updates from the biannual Texas Legislature.

There will also be presentations on a number of new issues that the industry will be addressing.

“The Alliance continues our commitment to represent the oil and gas industry in Texas through education, outreach and advocacy, and is proud to work with the IPAA as we ensure that science, fact, and due process are the fundamental building blocks of the policy decisions that impact our members,” said John Tintera, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers President.

“IPAA is looking forward to working with the Texas Alliance on these two initiatives,” saidBarry Russell, President and CEO of IPAA.

“We hope the expo meeting in April will be an opportunity for ongoing interactions to the benefit of our members in Texas.

“The white paper on produced water will be an important component as the federal EPA looks at the possibility of future uses of treated produced water.”

 

For more information or to receive registration forms, please contact
Jo Ann Baker, Alliance Senior Vice President (940-723-4131, ext 17 orjoannb@texasallaince.org) or Jennifer Pett, IPAA Manager of Public Affairs
and Communications (202-857-4722 or jpett@ipaa.org).

 

Texas Alliance, Other Groups Urge EPA Retention of Wastewater Management Local Controls

October 9, 2018

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency heard Tuesday from groups including the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers as the EPA develops its policy on managing wastewater from oil and gas extraction.

Although the EPA’s state intent is to “engage with states, tribes and stakeholders to consider available approaches to manage wastewater from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas extraction,” there is considerable concern over how much state and local control will be retained as the federal agency shapes its water management policies….
 

Paxton Joins Texas In Multi-State Call For End of Energy Industry-“Harassing” Court Case

October 9, 2018

 

Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined Texas in a court action asking a federal judge to dismiss a climate change lawsuit, calling it litigation intended to harass the energy industry.

Paxton’s office joined an Indiana-led coalition of eleven states, filing a “friend of the court” brief in the King County, Washington public nuisance suit against several large oil companies…..
 

Small Public-Private Research Testing South of Dallas Could Yield Electricity Delivery Breakthrough

October 5, 2018

 

A “strange looking” tower near the city of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas, is the talk of the town.

Or was, until Waxahachie-based Viziv Technologies let it be known that it’s an experiment that could lead to an advance in the delivery of electricity….
 

Coal-ash landfill collapse raises new concerns about coal-ash landfill complex preliminarily approved by state environmental regulators for Texas floodplain: Press Release

 

-FEMA re-examining Webb County flood maps after TCEQ staff advances floodplain landfill –

 

LAREDO – The collapse of a coal-ash landfill threatening a North Carolina river and area water municipal supplies is raising new questions about Texas environmental regulators advancing a coal-ash landfill complex in a South Texas floodplain just miles from Rio Grande River municipal water supplies for millions of Texans.

 

The Associated Press reported recently that, “heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast… [A]bout 2,000 cubic yards of ash were displaced… enough ash to roughly fill 180 dump trucks. The company has not yet determined whether the weir that drains the lake was open or if contamination may have flowed into the Cape Fear River.” https://apnews.com/b4123ca86d5d49d98d67a677f25ea152