Letter to W.Va. congressional delegation outlines legislation’s harm to consumers, industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va., September 2, 2021 – As Congress weighs options to fund the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, the Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV) today sent a letter to West Virginia’s delegation urging against raising taxes on the American natural gas and oil industry.

“This harmful energy tax legislation would raise costs for all Americans, discourage capital investment that incentivizes innovation, and provide virtually no environment benefit,” Charlie Burd, Executive Director of GO-WV, wrote to Senators Capito and Manchin and Representatives McKinley, Mooney and Miller.

The proposed legislation, the Methane Emissions Reduction Act of 2021, would apply a blanket fee on natural gas and oil facilities at a rate of $1,800 per ton of methane and apply fees for individual companies based on the share of production or handling and the average emissions intensity in the oil and natural gas basin in which the company operates.

“We are proud of the advancements our industry has made in air quality and environmental stewardship, including reducing methane and overall greenhouse gas emissions all while increasing production and overall usage of natural gas,” Burd continued. “That said, this massive energy tax would place a harmful burden on American families and businesses, especially our manufacturing sector.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined a letter—led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)—to President Biden urging a reversal of his decision to call upon the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to increase oil production in response to rising gas prices. Senator Capito and her colleagues made it clear that the best and most effective way to reduce the cost of gasoline at the pump is to unleash clean, affordable and reliable American energy.

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he is officially reactivating the West Virginia Public Energy Authority (WVPEA). The WVPEA was created by the Legislature with a mission to foster, encourage, and promote the mineral development industry in West Virginia.

The Governor made the announcement at the West Virginia Coal Association’s 2021 annual conference.

GO-WV wishes to inform all members that as a follow up to its May 2021 directive, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), on July 20, in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, announced the issuance of a second Security directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous  liquids and natural gas to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.
As a reminder, the May 2021 Security Directive requires critical pipeline owners and operators to (1) report confirmed and potential cybersecurity incidents to CISA; (2) designate a Cybersecurity Coordinator to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; (3) review current practices; and (4) identify any gaps and related remediation measures to address cyber-related risks and report the results to TSA and CISA within 30 days.
The new TSA press release is linked here.

Kudos to Sarah Chamberlain, CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, for writing an op-ed encouraging Republicans to stop ceding the climate change debate to Democrats.  Sarah hits the nail on the head:

The GOP has been accused by many of being the “Party of No” when it comes to climate solutions. The truth is that we are saying no to the proposals that sound good, but in reality will have no real effect on global emissions and kill American jobs. Republicans are the “Party of Yes” for solutions that balance emissions reduction with energy needs and grows, instead of hinders, the U.S. economy.

We need the electorate to know that we’re open to talking about carbon capture, tree planting and expansion of nuclear energy, which many of us prefer over wind or solar energy. Many of us do feel that President Joe Biden’s proposals around items like a clean electricity standard sound nice but they won’t have a measurable impact on the problem.

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