Oil Field Steel Import Quotas Are The Wrong Solution

By John Tintera, President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Negotiators with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) may be preparing to recommend import quotas on the specialized steel that comes from Mexico and Canada.

This is a bad idea rife with unintended consequences. 

Steel is critical to oil and gas production. Without readily available steel the Texas economic miracle could quickly grind to a halt. That will eventually mean less production, less national energy security, less taxes, and fewer jobs.

Oil and Gas producers are already struggling to maintain operations as they deal with the 25% tariff on imported steel. Additional financial burdens imposed by trade negotiations will hamstring the industry even more. These burdens must be avoided. 

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers supports the Administration’s focus on national energy security. However, we cannot endorse policies that will likely threaten Texas  prosperity.  

This is not a just a major or integrated oil company  issue. This is an oil field issue that will eventually impact every Texas producer of any size,  every service company,  every tax collector, local, state, or federal,  and every oil field worker in Texas. 

Our oil field communities are where our truck drivers, welders, rig hands, and many other oil field workers live.  Their employment depends on a healthy domestic oil and gas industry with unfettered access to the specialized steel the Texas oil industry requires.

It would be reckless to  threaten the dramatic oil field success story in response to the economic challenges steel faces after years of feckless government inaction. Do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Please do not impose tariffs on oil field steel imports.


Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Independent Petroleum

Association of America Announce Joint Programs

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (Alliance) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) are pleased to announce their joint effort on two new projects for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.

The first project is the 2018 White Paper on water use in the energy industry. This study, Sustainable Produced Water Policy, Regulatory Framework and Management in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry: 2019 and Beyond, will be an update of a 2014 White Paper co-authored by John Tintera, President of the Alliance. The significant change in water use by the energy industry in the fracturing of oil and natural gas shales has led to more attention to how water is used and reused by the industry. This study will analyze the costs and benefits of water use and any environmental risks associated with this water use. It is planned that this study will be completed and released in the spring of 2019 and provide a reference for oil and natural gas industry, Legislators, State regulators and the public to determine the best plans for water use in the energy industry.

The second exciting collaboration involves the Alliance Expo & Annual Meeting in Irving, Texas on April 2-3, 2019. With both the Alliance and IPAA membership invited to this industry wide program, it is expected to be one of the largest events that these organizations have hosted. Past Expo’s in Wichita Falls have had as many as 350 industry booths and up to 2,000 attendees. In addition to service industry representatives providing information on their products and services, attendees will be provided with educational programs that will cover legislative and regulatory updates from the biannual Texas Legislature. There will also be presentations on a number of new issues that the industry will be addressing.

“The Alliance continues our commitment to represent the oil and gas industry in Texas through education, outreach and advocacy, and is proud to work with the IPAA as we ensure that science, fact, and due process are the fundamental building blocks of the policy decisions that impact our members,” said John Tintera, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers President.

“IPAA is looking forward to working with the Texas Alliance on these two initiatives,” said Barry Russell, President and CEO of IPAA. “We hope the expo meeting in April will be an opportunity for ongoing interactions to the benefit of our members in Texas. The white paper on produced water will be an important component as the federal EPA looks at the possibility of future uses of treated produced water.”

For more information or to receive registration forms, please email Jo Ann Baker, Alliance Senior Vice President [email protected] or Jennifer Pett, IPAA Manager of Public Affairs and Communications [email protected].



Alliance Sends Letter To President Trump On NAFTA And Steel Tariffs

March 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,


“Jobless Recovery”? Absolutely Not by Alliance Petroleum Economist Karr Ingham

By Karr Ingham, Alliance Petroleum Economist


A Rebuttal: Fossil Fuels Fuel The World

Editor’s Note: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) recently passed a resolution stating they will no longer accept campaign donations from fossil fuel companies.
As one of the largest trade energy associations in the country, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers works on sound energy policy, no matter what party is in office. We support candidates and parties that believe in a strong, robust domestic energy industry.

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