History

Built on a legacy: Formed in 1961 by a group of oilmen concerned about the federal government’s growing regulatory role, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association has grown from fewer than twenty members to more than 1,000 member companies.

Built on a legacy: Formed in 1961 by a group of oilmen concerned about the federal government’s growing regulatory role, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association has grown from fewer than twenty members to more than 1,000 member companies.

PBPA is the largest regional oil and gas association in the U.S. and is comprised of the hard-working men and women who fuel the Permian Basin economy through the production of crude oil. The PBPA membership consists of some of the largest operators, as well as the smallest. It also numbers geologists, attorneys, accountants, doctors, editors, bankers and retailers among its members. The membership is so diverse because, in one way or another, everyone in the Permian Basin is involved in the petroleum business!

PBPA is about support: The Association provides a wide variety of membership services to producers, service companies, their employees, affiliates and families. Membership services include legislative relations on the local, state and federal levels, monthly meetings, a monthly magazine, and educational seminars on regulatory, legislative and technical issues.

The Permian Basin, is comprised of more than 50 counties in Texas and New Mexico. From a geologic standpoint, the Permian Basin — the largest inland oil and gas reservoir in the Lower 48 states — has been a secure source of energy for the United States for more than 80 years. The Permian Basin is the No.1 crude oil producing region in the No.1 oil producing state in the nation.

Over the years, the Association has been involved in key legislative and regulatory successes:

  • Successfully challenged the Fish and Wildlife Commission to list the Sagebrush Lizard as a “threatened species”
  • Currently challenging the Fish and Wildlife Commission over the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened species” in Federal Court
  • Successfully lobbied against legislation in New Mexico designed to reduce or eliminate the dominance of the mineral estate
  • Successfully defeated a Texas Legislative initiative in 2007 that would have given landowners the ability to take any grievances directly to local courthouses; bypassing the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Successfully lobbied against legislationthat would have allowed county appraisers to increase taxes on mineral interest owners
  • Was instrumental in the drafting of House Bill 2259, the “Inactive Well Bill”
  • Lobbied Washington against the Obama Administration’s proposed Cap and Trade legislation
  • Helped stop surface developer driven effort to halt drilling in the city of Midland