PBPA Committees

 

 

 

Vital to the Permian Basin Petroleum Association’s (PBPA) mission are the educational opportunities we provide to our membership.  The best source of education is often through our standing committees and ad hoc groups.  These committees are populated and run by our members with PBPA staff assistance.  The educational opportunities are not just limited to the ability to hear presentations on hot topics from speakers outside the association, but also come in the form of best practice sharing sessions amongst members.  There are also tremendous action items that come out of PBPA’s committees. These projects help the PBPA staff in our advocacy efforts for the oil and gas industry of the Permian Basin.

 

Currently, the PBPA maintains the following eleven (11) standing committees, all of which are open to any PBPA member who meets the requisite membership level requirements except for the Executive and Legal Committees, whose members are selected by vote of the membership at large and by the Board of directors, respectively:

 

Standing Committees

 

Executive Committee: The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Executive Committee is comprised of the executive officers as elected by the PBPA membership.  The Executive Committee offers guidance and advice for operations to the PBPA Board of Directors and the greater membership.

 

Regulatory Practices Committee: The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Regulatory Practices Committee (RPC) is a standing PBPA committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors.  The RPC’s mission is to monitor, discuss, provide official comment, and provide analysis for the PBPA members on all regulatory matters effecting oil and natural gas operations in the Permian Basin.  Agencies monitored include agencies in Texas, New Mexico, and at the Federal level.

 

Legislative Committee, Texas: The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Texas Legislative Committee (TXLC) is a standing committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors.  The TXLC’s mission is to monitor, discuss, advocate on behalf of, and provide analysis for the PBPA members on all legislative matters effecting oil and natural gas operations in Texas portion of the Permian Basin.  Along with monitoring legislative matters in Texas this committee also collaborates with the New Mexico Legislative Committee to monitor legislative matters at the Federal level.

 

Legislative Committee, New Mexico: The Permian Basin Petroleum Association New Mexico Legislative Committee (NMLC) is a standing committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors.  The NMLC’s mission is to monitor, discuss, advocate on behalf of, and provide analysis for the PBPA members on all legislative matters effecting oil and natural gas operations in the New Mexico portion of the Permian Basin.  Along with monitoring legislative matters in New Mexico this committee also collaborates with the Texas Legislative Committee to monitor legislative matters at the Federal level.

 

Legal Committee:  The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (the “PBPA”) Legal Committee (the “LC”) is a standing PBPA committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors (the “BOD”). The LC’s mission is to develop strategy and responses to litigious matters contemplated by the PBPA or involving the PBPA, to monitor the processes, procedures, billing associated with and outcomes of those litigious matters, and to provide other advice and support to other PBPA committees concerning any actions contemplated by any such committee when needed.  Any recommendations made by the LC to the BOD must be supported by a three-fourths (3/4) majority of the LC members.

 

Electrical Coalition:  The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Electrical Coalition (EC) is a standing PBPA coalition reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors. The EC’s mission is to engage policy makers within the electrical industry (Electrical Reliability Council of Texas [ERCOT], Transmission Distribution Service Provider [TDSP], and Public Utility Commission [PUC]) to advocate for issues that directly affect Permian Basin oil and gas operators. The EC will work to establish industry policy on electrical issues as determined by the coalition in conjunction with the PBPA Board of Directors. The EC will coordinate with the appropriate PBPA representatives to ensure the proper coordination and management of data flow and communication regarding electrical issues and concerns with state legislative bodies.

 

Water Committee: The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Water Committee (WC) is a standing PBPA committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors (BOD). The WC’s mission is to monitor and advise the PBPA membership and PBPA staff in regards to current and future topics regarding water and its use by the oil and gas industry throughout the Texas and New Mexico portions of the Permian Basin. The WC will also coordinate with the appropriate PBPA representatives to ensure the proper coordination and management of data flow and communication regarding water issues and concerns with state legislative bodies.

 

Community Affairs Committee:  The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Community Affairs Committee (CAC) is a standing PBPA committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors. The CAC’s mission is to engage west Texas and southeast New Mexico community stakeholders (elected officials, regulatory agencies, citizens, business partners); to advocate and garner support for Permian Basin oil and gas operators; and to ensure that we proactively address and minimize potential concerns.

 

Local Issues Committee:  The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Local Issues Committee (LICOM) is a standing PBPA committee reporting to the PBPA Board of Directors. The LICOM’s mission is to monitor and interact, when necessary and with Board approval, with local governance effecting the oil and gas industry throughout Texas and New Mexico when it could affect operations in the Permian Basin, but especially in west Texas and southeast New Mexico.

 

Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Committee and Endangered Species Committee do not have fully developed charters like the above listed committees, but their purposes are fairly straight forward.  The HSE Committee meets to discuss in-place regulations as they concern health, safety or the environment, provides the members a forum to discuss best practices in this arena, and works on projects to improve the operations of all companies throughout the Permian Basin.  The Endangered Species Committee focuses on those species listed or proposed to be listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act. The Committee discusses and implements strategies and actions to limit if not prevent unnecessary listings which could affect operations in the Permian Basin.

 

Ad Hoc Groups

 

Ad hoc groups that have met for the PBPA over the past year have included the PBPA Reeves County Workgroup and Dark Skies Initiative Advisory Group, neither of which are PBPA standing committees but are groups organized by the PBPA for a specific purpose. Both of these groups focus on activities in the Delaware Basin area of the greater Permian Basin.  The Dark Skies group focuses specifically on operational activities that could help keep the skies of West Texas dark for the McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, Texas.  The Reeves County group provides operators in Reeves County a venue to discuss common problems or roadblocks to operations and advises the PBPA on activities to be taken to help reduce or remove those problems and roadblocks.

 

If you are a member of the PBPA at the Gusher Membership Level or higher, you are authorized to participate in all the above mentioned committees and ad hoc groups.  If you are interested in participating in one or more of these committees, please contact our office for more information.

 

Thank you and we look forward to helping you get the most out of your PBPA membership!