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About Us

The Domestic Energy Producers Alliance is a nationwide collaboration of 15 coalition associations – from California to West Virginia, Texas to Montana – representing about 10,000 individuals and companies engaged in domestic onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P). We believe in seeking common ground, and in common sense solutions to the challenges that face us in our businesses, including our relationship with the federal legislative and executive branches of government. In only its fifth year, DEPA now represents a majority of the individuals and companies responsible for the current renaissance in American oil and natural gas production.


  • Independents are not Big Oil

    More than 18,000 independent producers drill 95% of US oil and natural gas wells, and account for 67% of US production
  • Maintaining critical tax provisions

    The American public benefits from the tax provisions furnishing the capital to drill for the energy that all Americans need
  • Regulatory Common Sense

    As independent producers, royalty owners and our service industry partners, we are all united together – partisanship aside – to educate national decision-makers on who we are, what we do, and why the survival of the independent domestic energy industry is so vital to the nation’s economy

In The Spotlight

Lifting Export Restrictions on US Crude Oil

Washington, DC-based Brookings Institute published a new report September 9 in favor of lifting current US restrictions on the export of crude oil. The report [view] comes to the conclusion that discontinuing the export ban would help lower US gasoline prices for consumers, increase profits for producers and encourage more production on US soil - all of which are good for continued economic growth and productivity and American energy security.

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    The lame duck Congressional session

    Now that Congress has left town for the November elections, all eyes are turned to the post-election lame duck session which will take place in mid-November.

    As a veteran of several lame duck sessions when I was a member of Congress, I can tell you that they generally are unproductive and boring. While this one will probably be unproductive, it will not be boring.

    Leadership elections for the next Congress—normally taking place early in the lame duck session—will provide some spice.

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    DEPA Legal Update - Venue Order

    Early but critical victory for DEPA in its landmark lawsuit against US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Hours ago, DEPA received word it has achieved an early but critical victory in its landmark lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The federal district court judge who has been assigned our case in the Northern District of Oklahoma, denied the Government’s motion to transfer our case from Tulsa to Washington, DC. As mentioned previously, we have been engaged in a heated venue battle with the government since shortly after filing our complaint more than six months ago, and it is a battle which will largely determine the outcome of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)-related Sue and Settle war we are waging.

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    Senate looks into energy tax reform, again

    The federal tax code is voluminous and complicated. Just about everyone who has filed a federal income tax return knows how complicated it can be.

    However, attempts to simplify and shorten the tax code have failed time and time again, because the tax laws and regulations have been used over and over again to encourage or discourage economic activity.

    For example, the tax laws allow for the deduction of interest payments after purchasing a home. This deduction is designed to create economic activity in the housing markets. It has worked.

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    Time to lift the ban on exports

    At the outset of the crisis in the Ukraine, the simmering debate on energy exports moved to the front burner. Initially the discussion on domestic energy exports was focused primarily on natural gas because of the dependency of the Ukraine, as well as other Western European countries, on natural gas imported from Russia. Beyond the crisis in the Ukraine, Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, along with continued instability in oil producing regions like Libya and Nigeria have led to increasing calls from US allies around the world for the loosening of the oil export ban in order to provide a reliable alternative to oil from conflict regions.

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