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.
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.
Several days ago, DEPA received more good news from the Northern District of Oklahoma. (You may recall the court in late September denied the government’s motion to transfer our case to Washington, DC.) First, Judge Payne issued an order granting intervention to both the State of Nebraska and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, bringing the total number of plaintiffs in the DEPA lawsuit to seven.
Who knew that Vladimir Putin would emerge as the best friend of US domestic energy producers? His aggressive moves in Crimea earlier this year triggered a full-blown debate on energy exports. The debate around US energy exports to Europe have centered primarily on natural gas as the Ukrainian economy is disproportionately dependent on natural gas imports from Russia. The rest of Europe has grown similarly dependent on Russia as a source for natural gas. However, what is less talked about is the degree to which Europe is dependent upon Russia and the OPEC monopoly for oil.
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.
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.