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

Houston ( 31 January 2017) – 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. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:

“IADC looks forward to working with and serving as an educative resource for both nominees and their respective staffs to ensure that any regulation that targets oil and gas development and operations is transparent, fair and sensible.”

“The Department of Interior is tasked with developing the natural resources within the U.S. In his nomination hearing before the Committee, nominee Zinke reiterated his commitment to expanding responsible U.S. energy development, an ideal that IADC and its members share.”

“Similarly, in his Committee hearing, nominee Perry vowed to advance liquefied natural gas (lng) exports, another important policy for IADC members. Perry also commented on the growth of natural gas in our U.S. energy portfolio and the ability to export what we produce here in the U.S. to the world. We believe, based on his Committee testimony, that nominee Perry has an interest in advancing the goals of an all of the above energy policy at the DOE.”

“With respect to the oil and gas industry, IADC and its members hope that each of the nominees and their staffs will focus on how we can use all of our energy resources to benefit the U.S. and the world.”

About IADC

Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at