The PBPA actively participates in the legislative process and monitors legislation at all levels of government that could impact the Permian Basin's oil and gas industry.
Official comments and actions taken by our association are housed on this webpage. For additional information on any of the below documents, please contact our staff.
October 2, 2023
Re: Comments on EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems at 88 Fed. Reg. 50282 (August 1, 2023) (the “Proposed Rule” or “GHGRP”)
Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2023–0234; FRL–10246–01–OAR
Submitted via e-filing
Dear Administrator Regan:
The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (“PBPA”) is the largest regional oil and gas association in the United States. We represent the men and women who work in the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The Permian Basin is the largest inland oil and gas reservoir and the largest oil and gas producing region in the world. PBPA consists of the largest producers as well as the smallest operators in the Permian Basin. Part of PBPA’s mission is to promote environmentally conscious operations and sustainable economic profitability among all our members, large and small. Because PBPA’s members will be directly impacted by these proposed revisions, if finalized, we are submitting these comments to convey needed...more
PBPA & NMOGA | Official Comments on the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard under the ESA
October 2, 2023
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, 88 Fed. Reg. 42,661 (July 3, 2023)
Dear Director Williams,
The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (“PBPA”), the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (“NMOGA”) and our collective member companies (referred to herein as the “Associations”) provide the following response to the July 3, 2023 proposed rule and request for comment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS or Service) to list the dunes sagebrush lizard (DSL) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). 88 Fed. Reg. 42,661 (July 3, 2023) (“Proposed Rule”).
The PBPA is the largest regional oil and gas association in the United States. Since 1961, the PBPA has been the voice of the Permian Basin oil and gas industry. The PBPA’s mission is to promote the safe and responsible development of our oil and gas resources while providing legislative, regulatory, and educational support services for the petroleum industry. The PBPA membership...more
July 5, 2023
Re: Comments on BLM’s Proposed Rulemaking on Conservation and Landscape Health, 88 Fed. Reg.
19583 (April 3, 2023); RIN 1004‐AE92
Dear Director Stone‐Manning:
BLM’s proposed rulemaking on Conservation and Landscape Health (Proposed Rule) codifying conservation as a multiple use under the Federal Land and Policy Management Act (FLPMA) unlawfully expands the original intent of FLPMA and revises the priorities and focus of land use management. While FLPMA calls for protection of the environment, water, and cultural resources, it does not identify conservation as a use. Certainly, conservation is a goal and land use action that we as an industry fully support. Our members are committed to environmentally responsible operations, but we are concerned that the Proposed Rule impermissibly exceeds BLM’s directive to manage multiple uses of public lands. The authority to add conservation as a use under FLPMA is reserved for Congress, thereby rendering BLM unable to fully implement the Proposed Rule unless and until such time as FLPMA is amended by Congress. As such, BLM...more
Comments on the Proposed Revision to Regulations Concerning the Issuance of Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits under the ESA
April 10, 2023
Gentlemen and Ladies:
The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (“PBPA”), the Western Energy Alliance, The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, and our collective member companies (together as “we” or the “represented organizations”) provide the following comments to the February 9, 2023 proposed revisions (the “Revisions”) and request for comment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS” or “Service”) to regulations concerning the issuance of Enhancement of Survival and Incidental Take Permits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (“ESA” or the “Act”)1...more