TXOGA Statement on EPA Decision to Not Pursue Designation of the Permian Basin as a Non-Attainment Area

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) today issued the following statement:

“The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place the designation of the Permian Basin as a non-attainment area for the ozone standard in an inactive status is the correct one. The wide-open spaces of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico are home to the oil and natural gas that fuel our economy and enhance modern life. Carbon dioxide, methane, and other related emissions have been declining substantially over the last few years and operators are focused on continued good environmental stewardship. In fact, oil produced in the Permian Basin is among the cleanest in the world according to its lower carbon intensity. Excessive government regulation is unnecessary and stifles affordable and reliable energy supplies. The oil and natural gas industry remains committed to making smart choices to improve air quality in this region and deliver the resources that are indispensable to our state, nation, and world.”

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Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.

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