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Coalition of Oil and Natural Gas Trades Support Energy Week in the U.S. House

A coalition of oil and natural gas trade associations today lauded the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for organizing Energy Week and focusing on passing a slate of bills to enhance domestic oil and natural gas production. The groups combined represent companies that produce an estimated 80 percent of oil and natural gas in the U.S. The associations include Western Energy Alliance, Energy Workforce and Technology Council, Independent Petroleum Association of America, International Association of Drilling Contractors, National Ocean Industries Association, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and U.S. Oil and Gas Association.

Starting today the U.S. House will take up the following six bills focused on domestic production, including:

  • H.R. 1121 – Protecting American Energy Protection Act
  • H.R. 1023 – Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act
  • H.R. 6009 – Restoring American Energy Dominance Act
  • H.R. 7023 – Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act
  • H. Res. 987 – Denouncing Biden’s Anti-American Energy Policies
  • H. Con. Res 86 – Sense of Congress opposing a carbon tax.

“As attacks on the energy industry continue to ramp up, there is no better time for the House to bring up Energy Week. It is critical that legislation is passed to prevent attempts at tearing apart the American oil and gas industry and threatening our energy security. Energy Workforce is proud to support HR 1121, prohibiting a presidential moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and HR 6009, nullifying BLM’s proposed rule that would increase bonding rates for production on federal lands. It is critical that Congress stand up and take action to protect the American energy workforce.” Tim Tarpley, President of Energy and Technology Council

“Since taking office, President Biden’s administration has implemented 200 actions threatening production of oil and natural gas. We appreciate the House majority for organizing Energy Week and working to pass a slate of bills that address the administration’s regulatory overreach. Our members are small- to mid-sized companies operating across the West that produce oil and natural gas in a manner that is clean and environmentally responsible. We’re glad House lawmakers recognize our members are ready to meet the growing demand for energy in the U.S., and that they can’t do it when the federal government constantly threatens them with overreaching regulations.” Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance

“NOIA appreciates House Leadership’s focus on a robust Energy Week and applauds the focus on advancing pro-growth policy for our nation’s energy future. A strong American energy sector is an enduring source of national security, economic growth, and quality of life. House Leadership is demonstrating a proactive approach, offering durable solutions to some of our most pressing energy challenges. Importantly included for offshore industry this week is Congressman Rouzer’s H.R. 7023, Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act, which will provide critical regulatory certainty for businesses operating under Clean Water Act permits in the Gulf of Mexico.” Erik Milito, President of NOIA

“This package of bills is an important step in pushing back against the anti-energy and anti-consumer Biden Administration and its war on U.S. domestic energy. It is critical for our industry, our nation, and the world to promote and expand abundant, affordable, and reliable petroleum energy production and support efforts to maintain our economy. We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for promoting sound energy policy and working to pass this important legislation.” Karr Ingham, Economist and President of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

“The federal mineral estate contains 2.46 billion acres, made up of 1.76 billion acres in the Outer Continental Shelf and 700 million of onshore lands. The state and private land mineral estate is around 1.5 billion acres by comparison. Yet the vast majority of our oil and natural gas in now produced from private and state lands. Why? Because the Biden Administration has taken the most hostile approach to development of federal oil and gas of any Administration in history. Energy Week is designed to give the President a much-needed course correction.” Tim Stewart, President of U.S. Oil & Gas Association

“America’s independent oil and natural gas producers appreciate House leadership prioritizing the United States’ role as an energy leader with the suite of bills brought forward this week. U.S. oil and natural gas producers are leading the way in emissions reductions as they innovate to provide more energy to Americans and the world. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration has sought to reverse that progress by restricting access to the safe, proven technologies companies can use. The solutions brought forward this week would improve independents’ ability to operate and produce energy for the American people and our allies. In particular, IPAA has a keen interest in seeing HR 1121 pass. The legislation will prevent the current and future Administrations from imposing a nationwide fracking ban and would also ensure that states retain regulating authority. IPAA challenged a previous Obama Administration Rule on hydraulic fracturing, which would have had severe impacts for our member companies if the rule had gone into effect. By safely unlocking America’s abundant natural resources, fracking has created millions of American jobs, reduced energy prices, brought cleaner air by significantly reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 25-year-lows, strengthened our national security, and transformed the United States into a global energy superpower.” Jeff Eshelman, President & CEO of Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)

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About Western Energy Alliance
Working with a vibrant membership base of independent oil and natural gas companies for over 50 years, Western Energy Alliance stands as a credible leader, advocate, and champion of industry in the West. Our expert staff, active committees, and committed board members form a collaborative and welcoming community of professionals dedicated to abundant, affordable energy and a high quality of life for all. Learn more at

About Energy Workforce & Technology Council
Energy Workforce & Technology Council is the national trade association for the global energy technology and services sector, representing more than 650,000 U.S. jobs in the technology-driven energy value chain. Energy Workforce works to advance member policy priorities and empower the energy workforce of the future.

About the Independent Petroleum Association of America
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) is a national upstream trade association representing thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States. Independent producers develop 91 percent of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 83 percent of America’s oil production, 90 percent of its natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) production, and support over 4.5 million American jobs. Learn more about IPAA by visiting

About NOIA
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment.

About Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is the largest and most effective statewide oil and gas association for independents in the nation. Serving nearly 3,000 members, the Alliance provides a voice for sound U.S. energy policy. These individuals and organizations – from small players to publicly traded companies – are the driving force behind the U.S. energy renaissance. Founded in 1930, the Alliance has offices in Wichita Falls and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

About U.S. Oil and Gas Association
The US Oil & Gas Association (originally the Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association) was founded in October 1917 following the United States’ entry into World War I.  For the past 100 years, in good times and bad, the Association has been a strong advocate for the individuals who built and sustain the U. S. petroleum industry.  We are recognized today as “…a proven and respected advocate for producers of domestic oil and gas.” Learn more at


Karina Erickson, Communications Director, writes about the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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