2017 News Archive

House passes Interior Appropriations Bill as Part of Larger Package – IADC Supports the Defeat of Anti Domestic Energy Amendments

“IADC and its members are supportive of the House’s efforts to pass an Interior Appropriations bill that advances U.S. energy production, both onshore and offshore."

IADC Statement on Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Houston area that IADC Headquarters calls home. This storm and the flooding aftermath are without precedence in the United States.

Expanding Oil and Gas Access on OCS Important for Future Jobs, Economy

Today, IADC joined with other industry trades to comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s request for information and comments on the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Oil and Gas Development on U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Important for Jobs, Economy

“IADC thanks the Committee for holding this hearing to discuss responsible development of our nation’s offshore oil and gas reserves. Offshore oil and gas is important as its operations support millions of American jobs, and contributes $2.8 billion in federal revenues, which has a large impact on the U.S. economy.

Streamlined Process for Onshore Federal Land Leases Welcomed by Drilling Contractors

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3354 to streamline the process by which oil and gas leasing permits are granted for work on onshore federal lands.

IADC Supports SEA Act to Streamline Offshore Seismic Permit Process

IADC partnered with IAGC, API and NOIA to sponsor this bill because we believe it provides a common-sense fix to the Marine Mammal Protection Act to address excessively lengthy permitting delays.

IADC Supports White House Plan to Promote U.S. Energy Development, dubbed the Golden Era of American Energy

This afternoon, as part of the White House’s energy week, President Trump announced a new six-point initiative to promote U.S. energy development. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

Drilling Industry Focuses on Safety and Training During OSHA Safe and Sound Week

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) shares OSHA’s commitment to workplace safety and is supportive of the administration’s efforts to raise awareness and understanding of the value of workplace safety and health programs.

IADC Statement on BSEE Announcement of Lease Extensions

Today, BSEE announced the extension of leases doubling the amount of time offshore oil and gas operators have to coordinate development operations and retain their leases in federal waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

IADC Praises Selection of Scott A. Angelle as BSEE Director

“IADC is pleased with the selection of Scott A. Angelle to lead BSEE. His reputation as a tough defender of offshore safety and his commitment to cultivating the natural resources of the U.S., make him an ideal director for BSEE."

IADC Statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdrawal of Jones Act Modification Notice

“IADC is pleased with today’s CBP notice. The now-withdrawn proposal offered a new interpretation of decades-old customs rulings and created uncertainty by potentially reclassifying as “merchandise” much of the drilling equipment used in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Senate Fails to Move Forward to Repeal BLM Rule on Methane Emissions

“IADC is disappointed with today’s Senate vote regarding BLM’s duplicative and costly methane emissions rule. Since the rule was first introduced in 2016, IADC, along with our industry partners, has argued that the regulation would have the unintended impact of fewer jobs, higher costs for consumers and less energy security and federal revenue.

Media Advisory: IADC to Participate in OTC Week Events

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) will be participating in several events over the course of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, 1 May, through 4 May.

IADC Praises Executive Order for Interior Review of Offshore Drilling

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order that instructs the Department of Interior to review offshore drilling locations and begin streamlining regulation governing offshore development. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

Withdrawal of EPA Information Collection Request Praised by IADC

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the withdrawal of its request for information regarding greenhouse gas emissions. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

IADC Praises Senate Confirmation of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy

“Secretary Perry has a successful history of supporting oil and gas development, while also encouraging the development of renewable energy sources, and he is therefore well suited in his new role at the DOE. IADC specifically hopes to work with Secretary Perry to ensure a more timely review of LNG export permits and on revitalizing the Fossil Office within the Department.

IADC Praises Senate Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior

“It is the mandate of the Department of Interior to develop the tremendous natural resources within the U.S., and to ensure that this is done in a safe and environmentally sound manner. IADC looks forward to working with Secretary Zinke and his staff on a wide variety of issues including the BSEE Well Control Rule, BOEM’s Air Quality Rule, BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule and other issues related to contractor liability and financial assurance.

IADC Hosts “Onshore Drilling 101” Educational Event on Capitol Hill

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is hosting an “IADC Onshore Drilling 101” Lunch and Learn event at noon today at 406 Dirksen/EPW Committee Hearing Room. Onshore IADC members will present information about the role of the drilling contractor in the well construction process and will present industry safety data and feature a discussion on environmental stewardship.

IADC Praises Senate Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

“IADC and its members are looking forward to working with Administrator Pruitt on a wide variety of high-profile regulations that carry with them the ability to deeply impact oil and gas activities in this country. Given his background, and his Oklahoma roots, we expect that Administrator Pruitt has a unique understanding of our industry and the vitally important role it plays in the U.S. economy.

U.S. House Votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM Rule on Methane Emissions; IADC Applauds Actions, Urges Senate to Act Swiftly

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38 which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Votes to Send Scott Pruitt for Full Senate Confirmation; IADC Praises Decision

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works supported President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, for full Senate confirmation. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement.

Senate ENR Committee Votes to Send Two Trump Nominees to Full Senate Floor for Confirmation; IADC Applauds Advancement of Nominees

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance President Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry for Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Department of Interior to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation.

IADC Launches Multimedia Educational Website, Drilling Matters

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) recently launched Drilling Matters, a new multimedia website that aims to inform, educate and dispel misconceptions about the oil and gas industry.

IADC Praises Selection of Congressman Ryan Zinke to Lead Department of Interior

As a Member of Congress representing Montana, Rep. Zinke has a unique understanding of the importance of public lands, and in his appointed position, he will have control over federal lands and will regulate offshore energy development. Advancing U.S. energy should be at the forefront of the new administration’s energy policy, and IADC and its members look forward to the opportunity to work with Rep. Zinke on initiatives that will continue to enable the U.S. to be an energy powerhouse.

IADC Praises Scott Pruitt’s Selection as EPA Administrator

The selection of Scott Pruitt to the role of Administrator of the EPA indicates a clear focus of the incoming administration to foster oil and gas development in the United States.