This week, Energy Workforce SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley, along with representatives from six allied trade associations, had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk in Washington, DC. The meeting was an opportunity to share ideas and solutions to address the most pressing energy issues, from the organizations that represent the companies producing 91% of America’s oil.
Joined by Dan Naatz, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Aaron Johnson, Western Energy Alliance, Matt Giacona, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Tim Stewart, US Oil and Gas Association, and Kevin Bruce, Arena Offshore, Tarpley raised critical issues affecting this sector of the energy industry. The group specifically discussed ways industry could work together with the Department of Energy including LNG export approvals and refilling of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Deputy Secretary Turk was engaged in the discussion and appreciative of the insights and suggestions that were put forth. He acknowledged the need to lower energy prices and find ways to help European allies struggling with energy supply due to the war in Ukraine. He was open to continuing the dialogue with the industry groups, and promised to remain open and engaged with the industry.
This is the second time Energy Workforce has met with Deputy Secretary Turk, with the first meeting held at the 2022 Energy Workforce Washington DC Fly In. Energy Workforce and the coalition of trade associations at the meeting will continue to work with Deputy Secretary Turk and the staff at the Department of Energy to advocate and advance the interests of the U.S. oil and gas industry.
If your company is interested in hosting elected officials at your facilities, or you are interested in joining the Government Affairs Committee, please contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.