Curbing Domestic Production Will Rollback California’s Climate Leadership (04/23/21)

CIPA Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman today issued the following statement after the Governor’s announcement to curb nearly 20 percent of in-state production (Read more)

Kern county oil & gas permitting program protects environment & economy (03/08/21)

CIPA Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman issued the following statement after the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved an updated oil and natural gas permitting ordinance. (Read more)

Energy Ban Legislation Will Rollback California’s Environmental Leadership (02/17/21)


CIPA Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman today issued the following statement regarding the introduction of SB 467 by Senator Weiner (D-San Francisco) and Senator Limón (D-Santa Barbara) which would ban several forms of traditional oil extraction and create an unscientific, arbitrary setback. (Read more)


recent legislation tightens idle well management (01/29/21)

Anti-oil extremists are rehashing a report with faulty assumptions to overstate the risk to the state of idle wells in California and falsely imply taxpayers would be held liable for plugging these wells. These false assumptions also fail to account for legislation recently enacted to strengthen management of idle wells. (Read more)

More than 3,000 Californians urge governor newsom to protect quality jobs and access to affordable energy (01/21/21)

Petitions signed by more than 3,000 Californians were delivered to Governor Gavin Newsom today urging him to protect quality jobs as the pandemic-battered economy recovers and to also keep energy affordable and reliable for all Californians. Central Valley lawmakers who represent oil producing regions of the state joined the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) in delivering the petitions at the State Capitol. (Read more)

bipartisan Coalition to Protect Working Californians and Access to Affordable, Reliable Energy (01/13/21)

A bipartisan coalition announced support for protecting quality jobs as the pandemic-battered economy recovers and to also keep energy affordable and reliable for all Californians. Last fall, after the state experienced rolling blackouts, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that would curb in-state oil production. This could increase energy costs for all Californians and would lead to a greater reliance on foreign oil, rather than local energy produced under the world’s strictest environmental protections. (Read more)

California's oil & gas industry leadership in meeting the state's aggressive climate goals (11/16/20)

California has the world’s strongest climate laws and California oil and natural gas producers proudly partner with the state in meeting its aggressive targets. In fact, California’s oil and natural gas companies are ahead of schedule in achieving climate goals set by state policymakers. 

Reducing in-state production will undermine California’s climate leadership by eliminating innovation, reducing funding paid by industry for clean air and water quality programs, and exporting environmental responsibility to foreign regimes who do not share our values. (Read more)

Governor’s Effort to Reduce Energy Production Will Hurt Consumers and the Environment, Kill Jobs, and Further Delay California’s Economic Recovery (09/23/20)

California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman today issued the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order on in-state production of oil.

“Let’s be clear: today’s announcement to curb in-state production of energy will put thousands of workers in the Central Valley, Los Angeles basin, and Central Coast on the state’s overloaded unemployment program, drive up energy costs when consumers can least afford it, and hurt California’s fight to lower global greenhouse gas emissions.

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A recent report made an flawed connection between low birth weight and oil and natural gas production. Pinpointing direct health outcomes to one highly regulated activity ignores the fact that are many socioeconomic variables that can impact public health, such as income levels, underlying health conditions, access to quality prenatal care, and education. Examining these types of health care access inequities would better serve public health. California has the nation’s, if not the world’s, most stringent laws governing oil and natural gas production, proving that responsible production can provide affordable energy to consumers while protecting the environment. 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: IDLED FOREIGN tANKerS spew pollution off ca's coast for weeks (06/15/20)

A National Geographic analysis demonstrated the environmental risks of an over-reliance on imported oil, which is produced without California's strict regulations and comes from countries that do not pay California taxes or support our humanitarian values. The impacts of tankered crude is a preview of what California’s energy supply chain will look like if extremists get their wish of shutting down in-state production, in addition to the lost jobs, taxes, and energy security. Key facts from the analysis:  

  • Dozens of tankers from off the California coast idled with enough to support the energy needs of the entire U.S. for a day.
  • Researchers at University College London estimate that every day this 24-ship fleet idled, it spit out six tons of nitrogen pollutants, a quarter ton of sulfur pollutants, and about 290 pounds of PM2.5—the fine particles that have been correlated with higher risk of lung and heart diseases, as well as with worse outcomes from COVID-19. The tankers' PM2.5 emissions amount to a third of what the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest sources of pollution in the city, produces on an average day.
  • The ships also pumped out up to 600 metric tons of CO2 each day—equivalent to 68,000 daily car trips for Angelenos.



The Wall Street Journal editorial board recently wrote:

“Following the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last month, many forecasters warned that gas prices would spike. Yet prices have hardly budged—except in California, where they are surging due to policies that have made the state more reliant on foreign oil.


“A big reason gas prices didn’t spike after the Saudi attack is growing U.S. shale oil production, which has doubled since 2012 to about 12.5 million barrels a day and added about six million barrels to global supply. This has more than offset the 5.7 million barrels that were temporarily knocked out of Saudi production.”













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