On Wednesday, Energy Workforce Advisory Board Member Lucas Gjovig, CEO, GO Wireline, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Energy, and Supply Chains hearing “Highlighting the Role of Small Businesses in Domestic Energy Production.”
This subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX-38) focuses on the role of small businesses in rural development, energy and supply chains. The hearing was an opportunity for the Subcommittee to hear expert testimony from small business leaders in the energy industry on how recent regulatory actions have impacted their companies. Additionally, the hearing highlighted H.R.1, the House GOP’s primary piece of legislation addressing issues impacting the domestic energy industry.
In his testimony, Gjovig outlined the important role small businesses like GO Wireline play in energy production.
“Small businesses like GO Wireline play an invaluable role in domestic oil and gas production and are vital to job creation and growing the economy. Small businesses are also the heart and soul of the energy communities in which we work. We offer high-paying jobs, we are active members of our communities, and we provide high quality service to our customers.”Advisory Board Member Lucas Gjovig, President, GO Wireline
He explained the negative impacts an inefficient and delayed permitting process have had on the ability for the industry as a whole to increase energy production.
“Permitting reform and access to federal lands is important to ensure we have a steady supply of American production going forward for the future. We do have work going on today, but five years from now, if we don’t have permitting reform and access to federal lands isn’t granted, we will see a negative impact on production.”
Gjovig also discussed the specific impacts a final SEC climate disclosure rule would have on small businesses, specifically the overwhelming costs of compliance with such a complex regulation. He discussed how negative and inaccurate rhetoric from the Administration’s highest levels impacts the ability for energy companies to secure capital and financing necessary to grow and expand businesses. He also noted that this impacts the ability for our domestic industry to ramp up production to keep down energy costs to consumers.
“The policy decisions by the current Administration combined with the politicized hostility that has targeted the U.S. oil and natural gas industry is hindering our industry’s ability to provide abundant, reliable, and clean sources of energy that both the U.S. and our allies need now to meet energy demand, to improve standard of living, to provide national security, and to reduce global emissions.”
Gjovig’s testimony and engagement made a significant contribution to the energy policy discussions occurring at the Federal level, and a continuation of the sector’s education and advocacy efforts.
If you are interested in Energy Workforce’s advocacy efforts or would like to join the Government Affairs Committee, contact Senior Director Government Affairs Deidre Kohlrus.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Senior 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.