Next week, representatives from more than a dozen PESA member companies will visit lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill as part of the annual PESA Washington Fly-In. The Fly-In is an important part of PESA’s efforts to elevate the story of the service, supply, and manufacturing sector to policymakers.
The Fly-In comes at a time when the “Keep it in the Ground” activist campaign has been gaining attention in the media and activist groups are leveraging momentum from the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.
In contrast, PESA leaders will be highlighting our sector’s commitment to the principles of Innovation; Health, Safety, and Environment; Education and Workforce Development; Energy Security; and Jobs. There are more than 20 meetings scheduled over two days with lawmakers from both parties in both the House and the Senate as part of the event.
In addition, attendees will gain insights from Washington Representatives of Chesapeake, ConocoPhillips and Murphy Oil and key committee staffers. Washington-based energy reporter Jennifer Dhlouy will also forecast the role of energy issues in the 2016 election. Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies will help tie all of this together, with a focus on the international and business impacts of energy policy and regulation.
Fly-In attendees will have an opportunity to highlight the role of innovation as their companies work to improve safety and reduce environmental footprints. The need for regulations to reflect these efforts and not lead to unintended consequences will be emphasized.
Along with innovation, driving greater understanding of the role the sector plays in making oil and gas exploration and development possible is another key message from Fly-In attendees. Educational materials for lawmakers highlighting the full scope of the oilfield supply chain, from raw steel forgings to precision technology will help tell the story of the sector. This is a story that only PESA can tell.
Finally, attendees will drive home the importance of continued development of oil and gas resources, and the role that energy plays in our modern lives. Continued access to energy resources through the use of innovative technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is critical to modern life and the development of emerging economies.
Special thanks to the companies participating in the 2016 Fly-In: Baker Hughes, CDI Energy Products, DistributionNOW, FairfieldNodal, Forged Products, Inc., Gardner Denver, Inc., GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Li Gear, M&M International, Schlumberger, SOR, Inc., Stallion Oilfield Services Ltd., and Weir Oil & Gas.
If you are interested in participating in future fly-ins or the PESA Government Affairs Subcommittee, please contact Ryan Bowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.