S&P Global: Fuel for Thought: California fracking ban a bigger boon to crude imports than bust for production (05/05/21)
California Independent Petroleum Association CEO Rock Zierman called the executive order against fracking "disappointing," and said the state's 1.4 million b/d of oil demand won't change, which will lead to further dependence on crude from "foreign regimes who do not share our environmental standards and human rights values."
Los Angeles Times: Senate votes to repeal a Trump-era methane rule. What does it mean? (04/29/21)
“California already has the toughest on-the-planet methane rule. The new federal rule will not change the current strict environmental protections that California producers already follow,” said California Independent Petroleum Assn. CEO Rock Zierman in a statement.
Bakersfield Californian: State study on phasing out oil production finds Kern will see greatest costs, benefits (04/28/21)
A senior representative of California's oil industry questioned some of the report's conclusions as others in the business said they were still reviewing the findings.
"This report uses false assumptions and fuzzy math to push a false narrative that phasing out oil production will not destroy Kern County's economy," Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association trade group, said in an emailed statement. He added that CARB has reported in-state oil production contributes only about 4 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions.
Associated Press: Gov. Newsom seeks to ban all new fracking in California starting in 2024 (04/23/21)
“Curbing in-state production through a well stimulation ban would not change the fact that Californians demand 1.4 million barrels of oil each day,” said Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association. “Instead of meeting our vast needs with California oil produced under the planet’s strictest regulations, we would economically reward foreign regimes who do not share our environmental standards and human rights values.”
Desert Sun: California bill to ban fracking dies, but other oil regulation measures win votes (04/13/21)
“Lawmakers understood how this unconstitutional bill could expose the state to billions in lawsuits," Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, said in a statement. He and others said the bill would have eliminated more than 50,000 jobs "in parts of the state that are struggling in this post-pandemic economy."
He added: "We will continue to oppose bills that only increase our reliance on foreign oil which drives up gas prices, contributes to pollution in our crowded ports, and is produced without California’s environmental protections or humanitarian values.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Anti-fracking bill could severely curtail oil and gas extraction in California (04/08/21)
Rock Zierman, chief executive of the California Independent Petroleum Association, called the legislation “legally questionable” in a February statement and said the bill would “virtually ban all oil production in California, killing thousands of quality, highly skilled, union careers” that can’t be replaced in the renewable energy sector.
Los Angeles Times: Newsom asked for a fracking ban. He may get more than he bargained for with ambitious plan (04/04/21)
Rock Zierman, chief executive of the California Independent Petroleum Assn., said California has some of the strongest regulations and environmental protections in the world. If the state decides to shut down oil production, he said, it will be forced to import oil from states and countries with lower health, environmental and safety standards.
“California oil and natural gas operators follow the strictest regulations on the planet and efforts to shut down domestic production will only worsen the state’s reliance on environmentally inferior foreign oil tankered here from Saudi Arabia and South America,” Zierman said in a statement. “Foreign oil is not produced with the same environmental protections or humanitarian values that we have here in California; nor do they pay billions in California taxes or hundreds of millions of dollars in fees that are reinvested to advance California’s climate goals.”
Bakersfield Californian: California oil groups stand with national association's new support for carbon pricing (03/26/21)
The California Independent Petroleum Association and the Western States Petroleum Association said in separate emails that, based on the industry's experience in the Golden State, market-based strategies offer better results than regulatory-based approaches such as mandates and drilling bans.
"California has successfully used a market-based system to reach (its) climate goals," CIPA CEO Rock Zierman wrote. He added that regulatory strategies "are usually very costly and not very effective."
CIPA's Zierman similarly pointed to California's experience as a success story, asserting government regulations that are not market-based tend to be cost-inefficient.
"The oil and natural gas industry pays millions of dollars of fees each year under cap and trade and other similar programs that are reinvested to advance the state’s aggressive climate goals," he said by email.
Santa Barbara News Press: Senate to discuss fracking bill next month (03/25/21)
“An energy shutdown like SB 467 will hurt Santa Barbara’s economy and roll back the state’s environmental leadership,” Rock Zierman, the California Independent Petroleum Association CEO, said in a statement. “Santa Barbara County’s unemployment rate is 67% higher than it was a year ago and this would make even more local workers jobless at a time when the county has less tax revenue for safety net programs. Local oil and natural gas companies also pay millions of dollars each year that are reinvested in programs to fund the state’s aggressive climate goals.”
He added that the bill will cause greater reliance on “environmentally inferior foreign oil” that is produced without taking stock of environmental policies.
“It’s disappointing that local lawmakers want to import more oil from Saudi Arabia than put Santa Barbara County residents to work making our own energy,” Mr. Zierman said in the statement. “California’s energy shut down policies over the last decade have only forced us to meet our state’s vast demand with more imports and SB 467 only accelerates our energy insecurity.”
Bakersfield Californian: Oil companies welcome Kern permitting changes while opponents turn to courts, state government (03/10/21)
The head of the California Independent Petroleum Association trade group, Rock Zierman, added by email the board's actions advance environmental protections, energy security and economic prosperity in Kern. He said the measure will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for efforts to clean water, retrofit vehicles with clean-burning engines and fight rural crime.
Natural Gas Intel: California’s Kern County to Resume Permitting Oil, Gas Wells in April (03/10/21)
California Independent Petroleum Association CEO Rock Zierman lauded the county action for providing “environmental protection, energy security and economic prosperity. It assures the public that energy is produced here locally under the toughest environmental protections on the planet.”
Desert Sun: Oil drillers win OK for 40,500 new wells, but major farmer vows to sue (03/10/21)
Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association representing hundreds of smaller oil and gas producers and related businesses, agreed.
"It’s been a very heavy lift, but it is a major step forward for environmental protection, for energy security, and economic prosperity in Kern County," he said. "It assures the public that energy is produced here locally under the toughest environmental protections on the planet ... our state demands 1.8 million barrels of oil every day. And if we go away tomorrow, the demand for our product will not."
He said his members support both new and traditional energy, not one or the other.
"No other industry is better poised with the research and development of innovative methods that will significantly lower emissions and potentially permanently remove carbon from our atmosphere," he said.
Desert Sun: 17 key environmental bills on the 2021 agenda in California's Legislature (03/04/21)
The state's well-plugging efforts have been hampered by a cap on how much it can spend. But, Zierman, from the California Independent Petroleum Association, pointed out that the money it does use comes from industry fees, not taxes.
“We support CalGEM being able to spend the fees industry pays for well remediation as long as it comes with more transparency," he said, referring to the California Geological Energy Management Division, the state's primary oil regulator.
Bakersfield Californian: New Aera CEO: Calls to ban in-state oil production 'a dangerous idea' for California (02/26/21)
The chief executive of the trade group California Independent Petroleum Association said by email Thursday that Bartsch has the right mix of science and business in his background to produce oil and natural gas while also protecting public health.
CEO Rock Zierman also vouched for Bartsch's concern.
"As a husband and father, he has shared that what keeps him up at night is that California is heading down a path that isn’t sustainable and leaves people vulnerable to decisions that are made on misinformation and highly charged emotion and not on the basis of sound data and science," Zierman wrote.
Gannett/Palm Springs Desert Sun: California sued over its oil and gas permitting practices (02/24/21)
The oil industry scoffed at the lawsuit.
"Just like many of (the Center for Biological Diversity's) frivolous lawsuits in the past, this will likely fail in the courts because the facts do not support their claims," Rock Zierman, California Independent Petroleum Association CEO, told The Desert Sun via email.
Zierman argued that it's better to rely on domestic oil and pointed to environmental impact reviews conducted in Kern County that analyzed oil and gas production and that, he said, gave "the public additional assurances that production occurs under the most stringent environmental protections on the planet."
Bakersfield Californian: State lawmakers debut bill to ban oilfield techniques common in Kern (02/18/21)
The head of a prominent industry group immediately criticized the bill as a legally questionable attack on thousands of highly skilled union jobs "that cannot be replaced by low-skilled and temporary jobs in the renewable (energy) industry."
CEO Rock Zierman of the California Independent Petroleum Association said in a statement Wednesday the legislation would "virtually ban all production in California" and make the state more reliant on oil brought by tanker from countries with environmentally inferior regulatory standards. He wrote it would "devastate the economies of oil-producing regions — especially the Central Valley."
Gannett/Palm Springs Desert Sun: Bill would ban fracking, other risky California oil production techniques by 2027 (02/17/21)
Rock Zierman, chief executive officer of the California Independent Petroleum Association, wasted no time responding. In a statement, he said the legislation would "virtually ban all oil production in California, killing thousands of quality highly-skilled, union careers that cannot be replaced by low-skilled and temporary jobs in the renewable industry" and would "make the Saudi royal family even richer all while eliminating the industry that is investing in the innovation needed to significantly reduce the state’s carbon footprint.”
A group of legislators and the California Independent Petroleum Association held a virtual press conference last month to urge Newsom to block any such legislation and abandon his own, slower approach to transition the state away from fossil fuels.
“Sacramento’s energy policies are hurting struggling Californians at a time when the wealthy are flourishing and the most vulnerable are on unemployment,” Rock Zierman, CIPA's chief executive officer, said in a statement. “The environment and the economy both can prosper if we continue to focus on meeting the state’s vast energy needs with oil and natural gas produced in California under the toughest standards on the planet."
Sacramento Bee: California Democrats move to ban fracking by 2027. Can their bill reach Gov. Newsom? (02/17/21)
Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, called the bill legally questionable, and said that it would kill thousands of union jobs that could not be replaced by the renewable energy sector.
“This also undermines California’s environmental leadership by making our state even more reliant on environmentally inferior foreign oil that is sent by tanker ship to our crowded ports which have an impact on air quality,” Zierman said in a statement.
Associated Press: California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027 (02/17/21)
Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, called the measure “legally questionable."
“Shutting down energy production under the toughest regulations on the planet will devastate the economies of oil-producing regions,” Zierman said.
KQED: California Lawmakers Propose Ban on Fracking, Other Oil Drilling Methods (02/17/21)
The Western States Petroleum Association and the California Independent Petroleum Association have said in the past that proposals to ban fracking and other drilling techniques will mean oil workers will suffer and California's reliance on fuel from sources outside of the country will increase.
The groups say bans on oil drilling will hurt consumers; that demand for gasoline in the state is too high to cut down on oil production; and that California is not set up yet energize enough electric cars and will need to rely on fossil fuel for years.
They also say environmentalists have misled the public about the dangers of well stimulation often done deep under the ground, far away from drinking water sources, and in remote parts of Kern County.
Hours after the proposal was released, the head of the California Independent Petroleum Association called the bill "legally questionable" and said it would kill thousands of union jobs.
"Shutting down energy production under the toughest regulations on the planet will devastate the economies of oil producing regions — especially the Central Valley — and make the Saudi royal family even richer while eliminating the industry that is investing in the innovation needed to significantly reduce the state's carbon footprint," said Rock Zierman, the association's president, in a statement.
Labor unions that represent oil industry employees have also raised concerns that the state curtailing petroleum production could hurt quality, high-paying blue-collar jobs.
CalMatters: California to review carbon trading program (02/16/21)
“Changing this market-based system now would only create economic uncertainty for businesses and raise costs for consumers, all at a time when the state’s overall economy is in a precarious position,” said Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, which represents independent crude oil and natural gas producers.
Desert Sun: Harvard study links fossil fuels to millions of 'premature' deaths (02/10/21)
The California oil industry argued that shutting down U.S. fossil fuels too quickly would be dangerous, as domestic energy sources were cleaner than the alternatives coming from countries with laxer environmental laws.
Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, pointed out that the report didn't mention California specifically, "likely because the state has the toughest regulations on the planet to protect air quality." He added, "Continuing to meet the state’s vast energy needs with locally produced energy is better for our environment and our economy."
Bakersfield Californian: Politicians join industry's campaign against phasing out California oil production (01/13/21)
California's petroleum industry kicked off a public campaign Wednesday aimed at fending off efforts in Sacramento to scale back in-state oil and natural gas production.
A bipartisan coalition of mostly Central Valley lawmakers joined oilfield workers at an industry-hosted event that presented a list of reasons for permitting oil and natural gas production instead of moving forward with Gov. Gavin Newsom's calls to phase it out.
The effort spearheaded by the California Independent Petroleum Association came as several oil-related initiatives are expected to be put forward soon by the Newsom administration or the state Legislature.
Arguments made Wednesday in favor of preserving and even supporting the industry were summarized in a statement atop a petition, signed by almost 3,000 mostly Central Valley supporters, that CIPA plans to present to the governor:
"Governor Newsom, we urge you to protect quality careers and vital tax funding while ensuring Californians have access to affordable and reliable energy," the petition reads. "By prioritizing locally produced energy that is generated under the toughest environmental protections on the planet, you can maintain California’s climate leadership and protect our economy."
Four oil workers made statements by videotape at an online event CIPA put on for news media. Military veteran and Sentinel Peak Resources employee Javier Zavala said working in oil helped him buy a home, get through college, pay for his wife's doctorate and raise their children.
"I've been able to provide for my family thanks to a great career in oil and gas," he said.
CIPA CEO Rock Zierman pitched in to highlight the lower environmental standards used in other oil-producing countries, the tax base oil provides communities like Kern and the jobs and philanthropy the industry supports.
KBAK/KBFX-TV (CBS & FOX Bakersfield): Pro-Oil jobs petition, signed by 3,000 to be delivered to Gov. Newsom (01/13/21)
Governor Newsom has proposed to lower fossil fuels that can create climate change and still generate jobs, but politicians and workers in the oil and petroleum industry say this can't happen.
"I've been able to provide for my family thanks to a great career in oil and gas and it's helped out so many veterans like myself but also provides jobs to thousands of people across California," Javier Zavala with Sentinel Peak Resources, said.
Zavala is one of several workers in the oil or petroleum industry and says the industry is what provides for his family and many others too.
KERO-TV (ABC-Bakersfield): Governor Gavin Newsom's new budget plan draws criticism from oil industry (January 13, 2021)
The California Independent Petroleum Association held a virtual press conference this week where Assemblymember Vince Fong spoke of the importance of California's oil production.
"We all agree that we all need energy and oil independence in our state yet the governor's actions are doing the exact opposite. It's going to cause us to import more oil from foreign countries, shipping oil across thousands of miles of ocean, and we want California energy for, produced by Californians."