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About the American Petroleum Institute (API):

API represents more than 450 oil and natural gas companies,
leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of
America’s energy, supports more than 9.2 million U.S. jobs and
7.5 percent of the U.S. economy, and, since 2000, has invested
nearly $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms
of energy, including alternatives, while reducing the industry’s
environmental footprint.
Message from the
President and CEO
The State of American Energy represents the oil and natural gas industry’s
perspectives on the vital issues surrounding energy and environmental policy
at a critical time to our nation’s economy.

Through this report, we examine ways in which the oil and natural gas industry
is contributing to U.S. economic growth, job creation and energy security—and
areas where we will contribute further. We also provide recommendations on how
industry and policymakers can work together to address our energy and economic
challenges through a combination of industry commitments and investments, as
well as sound legislative and regulatory policies.

API and our member companies remain committed to working with all stakeholders
in pursuing and implementing a thoughtful energy agenda. We look forward to a
productive and successful year.


Jack Gerard

President and CEO

The State of American Energy

Table of Contents
4 Overview

8 Energy and the Economy

The oil and natural gas industry is vital to the nation’s economy, supporting
more than $1 trillion in annual contributions to the U.S. economy and
9.2 million American jobs, and powering economic growth by delivering
affordable, reliable energy to American businesses and families alike. Our
industry can play an even greater role in economic growth and job creation
through the careful development of more of America’s oil and natural gas
resources. We are committed to working with policymakers to support
decisions that encourage the safe and reliable production of domestic
energy resources.

16 Meeting the Challenges

Our nation needs energy policies that protect the environment and provide
for growing the U.S. economy, creating jobs and enhancing energy security.
Oil and natural gas companies are at the forefront of developing advanced
energy technologies, increasing energy efficiency and diversifying our energy
resources—including alternatives and renewables. We are committed to
effective partnerships with key stakeholders to establish sound energy
policies and a sustainable future.

26 Conclusion

Our Role in Economic Growth,
Job Creation and Providing
for the Future

The new year can herald a new focus on energy policy—and our energy
future. The oil and natural gas industry is committed to providing the
safe, reliable and affordable energy the United States needs to grow the
economy, create jobs and enhance our energy security.

Sensible energy policy is a goal both political parties support, and we

remain committed to working with all policymakers to identify solutions
that will advance our country’s economic interests and sustain our
way of life.

America’s oil and natural gas companies will continue to play

a crucial role in the U.S. economy through tremendous
contributions in three key areas: 4

Jake B., 5th Grader

One of the 25 million students who ride a
diesel-powered bus to school every day.

Source: Did You Know?, American School Bus Council,

November 2010.

growing the creating jobs providing for
economy the future

4 The industry supports more 4 The oil and natural gas 4 The United States will
than $1 trillion in annual industry supports more require more energy of all
contributions to the U.S. than 9.2 million U.S. jobs;6 types, including oil and
economy, or 7.5 percent natural gas, to meet future
4 Developing U.S. oil and
of Gross Domestic energy demands—a challenge
natural gas resources
Product (GDP);
and opportunity that will be
currently off-limits in the
met through continued industry
4 The industry has invested Outer Continental Shelf (OCS),
investments in technology
$1.66 trillion2 in U.S. capital the Arctic National Wildlife
and innovation;
projects in the last decade; Refuge (ANWR) and the Rockies
could create 160,000 new 4 The industry has invested
4 The industry paid $95.6 billion3
jobs by 2030;
$194 billion10 since 1990
in 2008 income taxes alone;
toward improving the
4 Expanding Marcellus Shale
4 The industry paid more than environmental performance
natural gas development could
$178 billion4 to the U.S. of its products, facilities
add 280,000 jobs8 over the
government in rent, royalty and operations; and
next decade;
and bonus payments from
4 The industry has invested
1982 through 2009; and 4 Greater Canadian oil sands
$58.4 billion 11 in low-
production could create more
4 Increased access to U.S. and zero-carbon emissions
than 340,000 new jobs9 in the
oil and natural gas resources technologies from 2000 to
United States alone; and
currently off-limits could 2008—more than either the
generate an additional 4 Many other opportunities federal government or all
$1.7 trillion in government
exist to create jobs through other U.S.-based private
revenue over the life of increased energy production industries combined.
the resources. in the United States.

Our nation’s economic and energy On the following pages, we examine
security depends on our industry’s areas where the oil and natural gas
ability to provide the energy we industry is part of the solution to
need. We encourage policymakers our energy and economic challenges,
to recognize the significant role of and provide recommendations on
oil and natural gas in meeting our how we can meet our energy goals
energy needs and the industry’s through a combination of industry
role as an engine of economic commitments, investments and
growth and job creation for our effective policies.
country. We call on policymakers
to encourage domestic energy
growth, which, in turn, will result “Our industry contributes more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy and
in increased government provides most of the energy that heats our homes, fuels factories and
revenues—and avoid punitive offices, and gets people to home and work. Policy decisions seeking
taxes and overreaching regulations to burden this critical industry with punitive taxes and overly restrictive
that could harm economic growth rules do nothing to boost the economy or enhance energy security.
and energy security. Instead, they cost jobs, damage the economy and compromise
our national security.”

– Jack Gerard, October 29, 2010

Bill H., Farmer

One of 2.2 million U.S. farmers who depend
on oil and natural gas for fertilizers and fuel.
Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture,
United States Department of Agriculture,
issued February 2009.

Energy and the Economy
Energy and the Economy
Given worldwide economic and The United States will need energy Providing these resources safely to
population growth, U.S. and global from all commercial energy sources, consumers is a core value of our
energy demand are rising significantly. including fossil fuels and renewable and industry, and each day we deliver
This is encouraging news, since growing alternative energy supplies, to meet millions of gallons of oil and billions
demand leads to additional economic our increased demand. We will also of cubic feet of natural gas to fuel the
growth and a better quality of life for need a greater commitment to American economy and way of life.
billions of people around the world. increased energy efficiency and Oil and natural gas exploration and
conservation. Based on government production have been conducted in
An International Energy Agency projections, however, oil and natural gas the United States for more than 150
(IEA) report on energy and poverty will continue to provide more than half years; the industry has a long history of
demonstrates this point and stresses of total U.S. and global energy needs in demonstrated safety performance and
just how critical access to modern 2035—and for the foreseeable future. technological advancement.
energy services is to economic growth
and social development. The report Thankfully, America has vast domestic New technologies are continuously
says that energy access “is essential energy resources—enough oil and being developed that will allow us to
for the provision of clean water, natural gas on federal lands alone to efficiently and safely recover more oil
sanitation and healthcare—and power 65 million cars for 60 years and natural gas, making our energy
provides great benefits to development and heat 60 million households for resources go farther and last longer.
through the provision of reliable and 160 years.12 Developing these resources is essential
efficient lighting, heating, cooking, to economic growth and generating
mechanical power, transport and Allowing access to oil revenue for federal, state and
telecommunication services.” and natural gas resources local governments.

Countries around the world are looking currently off-limits would

for affordable and reliable energy to increase U.S. crude oil
power their economies well into the production by as much as
future. The International Energy
Outlook (IEO) 2010 projects that world
two million barrels per day
energy consumption will grow nearly 50 in 2030, offsetting nearly a
percent between 2007 and 2035. fifth of the nation’s imports.13

Future Global Energy Demand

(The world will require 49 percent more energy in 2035 than in 2007.)

800 Nuclear
Renewables 2035
700 6.4%
Natural Gas
600 Coal
Oil 13.5%
Quadrillion BTU

500 2007
5.5% 21.9%
400 1980
7.4% 9.9%
300 22.6% 27.9%
200 24.8%
100 35.3% 30.3%
1980 2007 2035
Source: EIA International Energy Outlook 2010.

Allowing access to oil and
natural gas resources currently
developing billion to the federal government,
states and Native American tribes
off-limits could generate an america’s energy from on- and offshore energy
production. Nearly $22 billion
additional $1.7 trillion in
government revenue over resources came from oil and natural
gas production;14
the life of the resources. Given the critical role of oil and • Oil and natural gas companies paid
It is clear that the economic growth natural gas in driving economic growth $95.6 billion in 2008 income taxes
opportunities associated with oil here at home and around the world, and $1 trillion15 in total income
and natural gas development are we need policies that encourage new taxes from 1980 through 2008;
significant; yet the opportunity cost domestic oil and natural gas produc-
of failing to develop this energy is tion. While it is true that our nation • Oil and natural gas companies paid
not always well understood. will require energy from abroad to more than $178 billion16 to the
meet growing demand in the future, government in rent, royalty and bonus
Too often policymakers have sought domestic oil and natural gas is vital to payments from 1982 through 2009;
to raise revenue by taxing the oil and creating jobs, generating government
natural gas industry, but a new study revenue and providing reliable supplies • The industry paid $30 billion17
from Wood Mackenzie shows the to American consumers. in land use fees to federal, state and
danger in that approach. local governments in 2008 and 2009,
The oil and natural gas industry’s over $5 billion18 more than the
Wood Mackenzie compared the current impact on the U.S. economy 2009 budgeted discretionary
impacts of two scenarios: the first is significant, supporting more than spending for the Department
would raise government revenues $1 trillion in contributions to the U.S. of Energy (DOE);
from fees and payments associated economy annually, or 7.5 percent of
with increased access to areas that are GDP, and supporting more than • The oil and natural gas industry
currently off-limits to development, 9.2 million U.S. jobs. provides the U.S. Treasury,
and the second would raise govern- on average, with well over
ment revenues from an additional Economic contributions from the $20 million19 each day; and
$5 billion per year in taxes on the oil and natural gas industry include:
• The industry has invested nearly
industry. The results show that not • In 2008, the U.S. Interior Department $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects
all revenue is created equal. (DOI) distributed a record $23.4 in the last decade.
Comparing the total government
revenue impact from the two scenarios
The Economic Impacts of the Oil and Natural Gas
(access versus taxes, 2011 to 2025)
shows increased access generates an Industry on the U.S. Economy in 2007 by Industry
estimated $149 billion in additional Labor Income Value Added
Industry Employment
government revenue. Under the higher ( $ millions) ( $ millions)
taxation scenario, net revenues are Direct Impact of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry 2,123,291 199,344 456,971
estimated to decrease by $128 billion. Indirect and Induced Impacts on Other Industries 7,114,090 358,916 580,089
The negative economic consequences Services 3,399,474 149,462 181,720
of higher taxes will, in the long run, Wholesale and Retail Trade 1,174,762 49,711 80,915
more than offset any short-term tax Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing 828,904 47,487 73,322
revenue gains. Manufacturing 680,834 49,936 73,322
Transportation and Warehousing 276,492 13,892 18,746
More importantly, as millions of Construction 220,923 11,185 13,722
Americans struggle to find jobs, Information 165,859 15,206 29,324
total additional direct, indirect and
Agriculture 122,542, 2,193 5,197
induced jobs in 2025 could exceed
Utilities 26,272 4,309 14,652
400,000 in the increased access
Mining 10,898 1,037 2,068
scenario. The higher tax scenario
Other 207,130 14,499 16,122
would result in a loss of jobs,
Total Impact 9,237,381 558,260 1,037,060
estimated at almost 170,000 in
As a % of U.S. Total 5.2% 6.3% 7.5%
the peak job loss year of 2014. Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, “The Economic Impacts of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry on the U.S. Economy,” September 2009.

Who Owns “Big Oil?” (Holdings of Oil Stocks, 2007)

Source: SONECON, “The Distribution of Ownership of U.S. Oil

and Natural Gas Companies,” September 2007.

These taxes, royalties, rental payments To put this in perspective: For example, North Dakota has
and other revenues fund community been breaking oil production records
needs, including roads, schools and The number of people directly and sits atop Gallup’s Job Creation
parks. Furthermore, millions of employed by the oil and natural gas Index. The Index also shows that “the
Americans benefit from the strong industry–2.1 million–is larger than energy-producing states of Louisiana,
economic performance of American the populations of 15 states.20 And a Oklahoma and Texas are in the top 10
oil and natural gas companies, from Gallup poll from last year found that state job markets for the first half of
ownership in the companies through energy-producing states are among the 2010, as they were in 2008 and 2009.”
pension plans, mutual funds, IRAs best in job creation.21 Alaska, another state where energy
and 401k plans. development is crucial, made the list
in addition to Pennsylvania and West
Thousands of U.S. businesses large Virginia—two states that saw 57,000
and small depend on oil and natural new jobs last year from Marcellus
gas operations. The industry supports Shale development.22
businesses well outside the Gulf
region—vendors that provide services Developing domestic oil
to Gulf operations are located as far and natural gas resources will
away as Pennsylvania and Illinois. AK NH
help meet growing demand,
As one of the largest employers in the HI RI create jobs, provide revenue
country, a strong American oil and ID SD to federal and state governments,
natural gas industry is a key driver of job ME VT
and enhance the nation’s energy
creation throughout the U.S. economy. MT WV
ND WY security. Our industry remains
NE committed to reliably providing
the energy our nation needs
U.S. Census Bureau, “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the
United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009
in a safe, environmentally
sound manner.

With approximately 30 percent of the
nation’s total domestic oil production U.S. Crude Oil (Bbl) and Natural Gas (Tcf) Resources
and 13 percent of domestic natural (Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Federal Resources)*
gas production coming from the
Gulf of Mexico,23 offshore resources
are essential to our nation’s energy
portfolio. Additionally, deepwater Pacific Offshore
areas of the Gulf will continue to play a 10.5 Bbl
major role in our nation’s energy future. 18.3 Tcf

Looking ahead: Lower 48, Onshore Atlantic Offshore

11.7 Bbl 3.8 Bbl
145.9 Tcf 37.0 Tcf
• The eastern Gulf of Mexico alone
could hold 3.8 billion barrels of
oil and 21.5 trillion cubic feet Alaska Onshore
of natural gas.24 18.8 Bbl
Gulf Offshore/Deepwater
• Opening the Atlantic coastline 44.9 Bbl
could make available another Alaska Offshore
232.5 Tcf
3.8 billion barrels of oil and 37 23.6 Bbl
trillion cubic feet of natural gas.25 132.1 Tcf 116.4 billion barrels is enough oil to power
over 65 million cars for 60 years.
• The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
*Figures may not add exactly to total due to rounding. 650.9 trillion cubic feet is enough natural gas
estimates that the National Petro- Source: MMS,BLM and API calculations. to heat 60 million homes for 160 years.
leum Reserve in Alaska and adjacent
state waters hold 896 million barrels
of undiscovered oil and about 53
trillion cubic feet of undiscovered
natural gas.

• 10.5 billion barrels of oil are “With oil use projected to grow in the coming decades, America definitely
estimated to exist along the
Pacific coast.26
needs its offshore resources on the Outer Continental Shelf...the
government needs to redouble its efforts to expand oil and gas
And these estimates are most likely
conservative given the industry’s development as well as alternative energy sources if this country
proven ability to advance technologies is to ensure that it has adequate energy supplies. This would stimulate
that over time enable us to produce
the economy, provide well-paying jobs and reduce dependence on
much more than originally projected.
imported fuel.”
Similar to offshore development,
production of resources from federal ­– J. Allen Wampler, Former Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuels,
lands onshore is essential to providing
the oil and natural gas necessary to U.S. Department of Energy, May 8, 2010
meet our growing energy demand.
North Dakota’s Bakken Shale deposit
is one of the fastest-growing oil-pro-
ducing areas in the United States
with 80 million barrels produced in
2009.27 If the government opened up
access to non-park federal land in both
Alaska and a portion of the Rocky
Mountain States, the United States
could produce an additional 1.125
million barrels of oil and 2.4
billion cubic feet of natural gas
per day in 2030.28

U.S. Shale Plays

Source: EIA based on data from various published studies.

“We’ve got, I think, broad agreement that we’ve got terrific

natural gas resources in this country. Are we doing everything
we can to develop those?”

– President Barack Obama, November 4, 2010

According to an MIT study, clean- consumers versus alternatives, and

burning natural gas is predicted to will produce up to 60 percent fewer
double its share of the energy market, greenhouse gas emissions than a
from 20 percent to 40 percent, conventional coal-fired plant.
by 2040.29 In recent years, in fact,
America has been dubbed the Saudi New combinations and
Arabia of natural gas. refinements in technologies
for natural gas discovery
This same MIT study says the and development have
United States has a significant natural created an opportunity
gas resource base (including shale to access this domestic,
gas), thought to exceed 2,000 trillion clean-burning energy
cubic feet—enough to meet 100 source for our nation—
percent of current domestic demand and further enhance
for nearly a century. Developing this our economic and
domestic natural gas will mean billions energy security.
of dollars in government revenue and
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Tanhee G., Chemist
One of 9.2 million Americans whose job is
According to a Deutsche Bank Climate supported by the oil and natural gas industry.
Change Advisors report,30 natural gas
used for electricity production has Source: The Economic Impacts of the Oil and Natural Gas
significant cost advantages for Industry on the U.S. Economy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
September 2009.

The Marcellus Shale Assessment Unit. The area assessed is generally to the east of the DSS AU.
The MAU includes the Millboro Shale in Southwestern Virginia and adjacent Virginia.

Marcellus Isopach (feet)


Extent of Devonian shale;

area in gray shows the Marcellus
Shale (including Millboro Shale)


Sources: Marcellus Shale as data from de Witt and others, 1993.

Marcellus Shale natural gas Colorado, Utah and Wyoming contain

800 billion barrels32 of recoverable Oil Reserves of Saudi Arabia
production alone could add
oil—more than three times the proven vs. Western U.S. Oil Shale
$6 billion in new tax revenues reserves of Saudi Arabia.
to local, state and federal gov- 1000
ernments over the next decade.31 Increased oil shale production 800

could add as many as 100,000

Billions Bbls
Hydraulic fracturing—a 60-year-old
technology for extracting oil and
new jobs from a 2 million- 400

natural gas from deep underground barrel-per-day oil shale industry.33 200
shale formations—is enabling access The DOE estimates that, in
to massive new supplies. This process, addition to tax revenues, federal Saudi Arabia Potential recoverable
combined with horizontal drilling, and state governments could proved reserves from Western
(267 billion Bbls) U.S. Oil Shale
has led to new finds and improved
our ability to access more of our
receive royalties and lease pay- (800 Billion Bbls)

natural gas resources that will help ments topping $2 billion a year.
generate electricity, heat homes and
These domestic on- and offshore oil
power vehicles for generations to come.
and natural gas resources are vital to
our nation, but they are not the only
Our industry has a long history of nearby resources that can provide the
working with federal, state and local energy and jobs our nation needs.
regulators to address environmental With vast reserves second only to
protection. API has developed standards Saudi Arabia, Canada’s abundant
and best practice documents for and reliable oil sands are crucial to
natural gas drilling to ensure safe improving U.S. energy security and
and environmentally responsible meeting energy demand.
operations—and we are continuously
making improvements. These robust Canada is our nation’s top supplier of
documents cover all aspects of opera- imported oil and offers a close, reliable,
tions, including hydraulic fracturing, safe and readily available supply of
well materials and construction, safe secure energy that can be transported
disposition of fluids, water testing, and into the United States via pipeline.
chemical recordkeeping and reporting. There are economic and national
security benefits to importing oil
In addition to natural gas from shale from a friendly, nearby neighbor
formations, the DOE conservatively like Canada.
estimates that oil shale reserves in

According to a Canadian Energy
Research Institute (CERI) study, greater creating jobs U.S. workers exploring, producing,
refining, transporting and marketing
production of Canada’s oil sands is oil and natural gas—and supports
Increased domestic oil and natural
expected to stimulate economic activity an additional 7.1 million jobs38
gas development means billions of
in both countries, creating more than through the purchases of other
340,000 new jobs in the United States dollars in revenues and U.S. economic goods and services that support the
alone. As production and investment growth—and growing the U.S. industry’s operations. Equipment
rise, the demand for U.S. goods and economy leads to the creation suppliers, construction companies,
services also increases—adding an of American jobs. management specialists and food
estimated $34 billion to the U.S. service businesses are all tied to the
In addition to the 9.2 million U.S.
GDP in 2015 and $42.2 billion industry. These businesses, in turn,
jobs supported by our industry,
in 2025.34 purchase other goods and services
allowing access to oil and natural gas that support other jobs throughout
By 2025, Canadian oil sands resources currently off-limits could the nation.
create an additional 160,000 jobs
production is expected to
by 2030. Finally, industry jobs are highly
rise from about 1.4 million desirable: in 2008 and 2009, oil and
barrels per day to about 3.5 This doesn’t take into account the natural gas industry salaries in the
million barrels per day—and hundreds of thousands of jobs that exploration and production sectors
the economic impact of this could be created from increased were more than double the national
development of natural gas from average for all U.S. jobs.39
development is a boon for
shale formations or oil sands:
the U.S. economy.35 The oil and natural gas industry can
From an environmental impacts Marcellus Shale natural enhance America’s energy security and
help solve our economic problems by
perspective, a Cambridge Energy gas production could create increasing production of our nation’s
Research Associates (CERA) study finds 280,000 new American jobs vast oil and natural gas resources.
that life cycle greenhouse gas emissions
(GHG) from oil sands are not much
over the next decade. And More access to oil and natural gas will
according to CERI, greater mean more energy for America, more
different than other heavy crudes
well-paying jobs, and trillions of
already refined in the United States.36 production of Canada’s oil dollars of much-needed revenue that
Since 1990, GHG emissions associated
sands could create more than will help federal, state and local
with every barrel of oil sands crude
340,000 new jobs in the governments pay for critical services.
produced have been reduced by 39
percent,37 according to the Canadian United States.
government. Furthermore, transporting
oil sands crudes to the United States Affordable and reliable domestic
via pipeline generates fewer emissions energy is critical for our nation and
than shipping oil from overseas supports U.S. business activity.
by tanker. The industry employs 2.1 million

Meeting the Challenges

Meeting the Challenges
API and our member companies are from these task forces have already Further, we have created a series of
committed to working with policy- helped improve the industry’s safety refinery personnel certification exams
makers to pursue a thoughtful, performance. to improve operations, repair and
commonsense energy agenda—one maintenance; reduce the potential
that promotes U.S. economic growth, The industry follows and constantly for inspection delays from regulatory
job creation and safe, reliable, improves best practices for safe requirements; and provide a continued
affordable energy for the future. operations, including training, high level of safety through the use
operational procedures, equipment of inspectors specialized in process
We will do our part, and we improvements, industry standards equipment. The program promotes
are hopeful that our nation’s and technology. We will continue continuously improved performance
working with the Department of the and establishes a uniform national
leaders will work together Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy program that assists state and local
with all key stakeholders to Management, Regulation and governments in regulations.
develop solutions to our Enforcement (BOEMRE) in their
economic, energy and efforts to move forward with energy We have redoubled our commitment
environmental challenges. development in the Gulf. to safety and response practices.
We owe it to our employees and to the
In addition to offshore safety, API and nation that has placed its trust in us to
U.S. refiners have continued our work responsibly develop oil and natural gas.
what the industry on raising refining safety through new
and improved industry standards, Worker safety is a core value in the
is doing increased training and drills, and
improved audit programs. We’ve also
oil and natural gas industry—and
process safety management is essential
The U.S. oil and natural gas industry reviewed and clarified procedures for to the protection of employees,
has always had a strong safety refinery start-ups, operations contractors and the communities
performance record, and we continue and maintenance. in which our companies operate.
to improve upon it.

Dating back to 1924, API established

a process for the development of
standards and best practices focusing “The conclusion that this is an unregulated industry is not correct.
on the safety of our workers.
It is a very highly regulated industry. That doesn’t mean there isn’t
Following the Gulf oil spill, our enough room for improvement.”
industry demonstrated its commitment
to ensuring the safety of our operations – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on oil and natural gas regulation,
and committed an unprecedented level
of response to help stop the leak, clean May 18, 2010
up the oil and restore communities. We
have taken considerable steps to signifi-
cantly improve safety and to advance spill
response capabilities. We have created
industry-wide task forces to identify
and learn from any gaps in operations
or practices, and recommendations

In addition, API’s WorkSafe program
ensures worker and contractor training
with regard to industry safety standards. “A pillar of the domestic workforce is skilled industrial labor.
This program offers a standardized The (Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management) committee will
examination covering the latest industry
safety practices and training on key support policies that protect and promote job security and growth...”
safety issues found at job sites.
– Mark H. Ayers, President,
Through API’s efforts and initiatives,
AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, June 19, 2009
we are investing the necessary resources
to train our workforce on safe equipment
operation as well as proper inspection
and maintenance procedures. In
conjunction with key stakeholders Developing Advanced
and other experts, we have developed
and maintained more than 500 safe
operating and equipment standards The oil and natural gas industry is
and work practices. The oil and natural focused on developing and delivering
gas industry is working with stake- reliable and affordable energy supplies
holders and government at all levels to American consumers and businesses.
to continuously improve process and The technology used in oil and natural
worker safety. gas development has dramatically
transformed how energy resources
API and our members have also
are found and produced.
partnered with labor unions to create
the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Advances in computing power,
Labor-Management Committee,
miniaturization, seismic and drilling
which works to promote industry
technology, and robotics have given
job retention and growth.
us the tools for recovering our nation’s
In the communities where we valuable resources while enhancing
operate and live, the protection of safety, efficiency and environmental
our environment—and of America’s protection. Geologists now have
energy future—remains paramount the ability to see and survey
when exploring for natural resources. underground oil and natural
gas deposits, improving
We need to enhance development exploration success rates
of advanced energy technologies and production capability.
to remain on the cutting edge of
exploring for, finding and producing
energy resources. As an industry and
as a nation, we need a greater commit-
ment to increased energy efficiency.
And we need to diversify our energy
resources, drawing upon the full
range of energy sources, including
alternatives and renewables.

Bobby S., Geologist

One of 9.2 million Americans whose job is
supported by the oil and natural gas industry.

Source: The Economic Impacts of the Oil

and Natural Gas Industry on the U.S. Economy,
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
September 2009.

Carbon Mitigation Investment by Investor Group

$133 Billion
$55.3 $19.2
Billion Billion
(42%) (14%)

Oil and Natural Other Private Federal

Gas Industry Industries Government

Source: T2 & Associates and CEE, June 2009.

To date, our companies have invested The industry has invested: These investments have already reaped
hundreds of billions of dollars in the significant rewards: a study found that
technology that enables America’s • $194 billion since 1990 toward GHG emissions from the U.S. oil and
oil and natural gas companies to improving the environmental natural gas industry were reduced
access more resources more efficiently, performance of its products, from baseline projections by more than
with significantly less impact on facilities and operations; and 48 million metric tons of carbon
the environment. dioxide equivalent from 2007 to 2008,
• $58.4 billion in low- and zero-carbon
a reduction comparable to taking
Our industry is a leader in technology emissions technologies from 2000 to
9.7 million cars off the roads.40
and innovation; oil and natural gas 2008—more than either the federal
companies are at the forefront of: government or all other U.S.-based
private industries combined.
• Employing technologies such as
cogeneration—the re-use of excess
heat from refinery processes to U.S. Environmental Expenditures since 1990
produce additional energy—to (by sector*)
become more efficient, reducing
both energy use and emissions;

• Developing carbon capture and $25.0

storage technology, or CCS,
to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions by storing them under- $15.0
ground, a process also used to assist
in the recovery of oil and natural gas; $10.0

• Utilizing advanced drilling $5.0

technologies such as 4-D visualiza-
tion (using seismic imaging) and $0.0
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
directional drilling to more accurately
“see” underground and pinpoint Exploration and Production Transportation Refining Marketing R&D and Corporate Programs

energy resources; and

• Researching, developing and *Remediation & Spills expenditures are included in the sector numbers and are reported data only.
The remaining sector expenditures are estimated for the entire industry.
marketing alternative energies, Source: API Statistics, Environmental Expenditures by Oil and Gas Industry, February 2010.

including solar, geothermal, biofuels,

fuel cells, hydrogen power and
wind energy.

Diversifying our
Energy Resources “...the industry has increased refinery efficiency and reduced emissions
While providing the oil and natural through the use of combined heat and power technology...this reflects
gas needed to fuel our economy now our ongoing commitment to improving environmental performance even
and in the future, companies are also
pioneers in developing and expanding as we produce more energy, more efficiently to power our economy and
the use of alternative and renewable improve our lives.”
forms of energy—from geothermal
to wind, from solar to biofuels, from – Jack Gerard, October 22, 2010
hydrogen power to the lithium ion
battery for next-generation cars.
In June 2006, industry refiners began
One study found that U.S.-based reducing the amount of sulfur in
oil and natural gas company invest- diesel fuel to make Ultra-Low Sulfur
ments in renewable energy accounted Diesel (ULSD), which has supplanted
for nearly one-fourth of the money traditional diesel fuel formulations
invested in renewables by all U.S.- during a transition period determined
based private industry and the federal by the Environmental Protection
government over the past nine years. Agency (EPA).
More than $6.7 billion went toward the
development of energy sources such as • According to a study on heavy-duty
wind, biofuels and solar power.41 diesel engines used in large trucks
and buses, the fuel/engine combi-
The oil and natural gas industry also nation is reducing most pollutants
accounts for 73 percent of all the from tailpipes by more than 90
North American investments made percent. The fine particulate matter
in fuel substitution technologies (soot) emission has been reduced by
since 2000—more than $21 billion 99 percent from the allowable level
developing substitute fuels, such as in 2004, and is even 90 percent
liquefied natural gas and reducing lower than 2007 requirements.43
fugitive methane emissions.
• Other air emissions are also much
Further, the nation’s air quality has im- below the required levels. Nitrogen
proved markedly over the past several oxide, which can contribute to the
decades. It would take 100 of today’s formation of smog, is 10 percent
cars to equal the air emissions from below the required level.
just one car from the 1970s, thanks to
improvements in both advanced auto-
mobile technology and the introduc-
tion of cleaner burning gasoline, and
major changes in diesel fuel.42

Do Kim C., Homeowner

One of the 168 million Americans who keeps her
home warm thanks to oil and natural gas.

Source: Short Term Energy Outlook Table WF.01,

U.S. Energy Information Administration, October 2010.

Improving Efficiency
Future U.S. Energy Demand per Dollar of GDP – Growing Efficiency
In addition to investments in renewable
energy and advanced fuels, we must 18.00

also recognize that the greatest “new” 16.00

Thousand BTU per Chained (2000) Dollar

energy source available for use is the 14.00
reduced demand brought about by
greater energy efficiency and conser-
vation. We use about half as much 10.00

energy today for every dollar of GDP 8.00

as we did back in 1973.44 6.00

Looking forward, our nation must take 4.00

energy efficiency even more seriously, 2.00 History Forecast

and the oil and natural gas industry is 0.00
doing its part. 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035

Source: AEIA, International Energy Outlook 2010.

Through such technologies as

combined heat and power, also Number of Refineries Declines but Capacity Expands
known as cogeneration—the re-use
of excess heat from refinery processes 250
*Operable Capacity*

to produce additional energy—refiners Thousands of Barrels Per Day 18,000

are becoming more efficient, reducing 200 16,000
both energy use and emissions. 14,000
Number of Refineries*

150 12,000
Since 1985, U.S. refining capacity has
increased by 11 percent,45 and while 10,000

increasing capacity, refineries also 100 8,000

invested $108 billion since 1990 to 6,000

make cleaner burning fuels. Moreover, 50 4,000

a number of refiners are expanding 2,000
and upgrading equipment to handle 0 0
increased processing of heavier crude 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

oils, including oil derived from *Operable as of January 1st of each year.
Source: EIA, Petroleum Supply Annual.
Canadian oil sands.

what policymakers Policymakers should encourage
investment and allow the responsible
Offshore Drilling

• Re-examine and reconsider limits to

should do development of our nation’s vast
domestic energy resources, which offshore exploration and production
will create well-paying jobs and spur in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and
Consistent government forecasts in the Atlantic and Pacific;
economic growth. The administration’s
predict that the United States will require
announcement reversing its decision to
more energy from all sources in the • Expeditiously process and approve
open new areas and maintain existing
future; however, oil and natural gas will drilling plans and permits for
areas for offshore oil and natural gas
continue to meet the majority of our pending and future lease areas;
exploration was disapointing. It will
energy needs in the coming decades.
cost jobs, stifle economic growth and • Ensure that there are adequate
First and foremost, we must responsibly
undermine our energy security. We are numbers of trained personnel
explore for and produce America’s
committed to working with policy- and sufficient resources in place to
own natural resources. Our economic
makers to refocus our nation’s energy enforce drilling rules and regulations;
and energy security depend upon a
agenda. We need to get back on track
regulatory system that supports domestic
and support domestic production of • Support exploration in Alaska;
energy production and provides
the energy America needs.
certainty for U.S. investments so that • Support and encourage Atlantic
jobs and revenues stay here in the seismic studies to obtain a more
United States.
Develop America’s accurate picture of oil and natural
gas reserves, leading to future
While the federal government and Energy Resources exploration and development;
industry have taken significant steps to
improve safety and address questions Congress and the administration • Move forward with the permitting
raised by the incident in the Gulf, it should support increased develop- plans and lease sale for offshore
now requires an effective partnership ment of North America’s oil and Virginia; and
between government and industry natural gas resources, including
to expeditiously approve pending federal lands both on- and offshore, • Maintain the flexibility necessary
plans and permits in the Gulf of vast shale gas resources and for well design and equipment
Mexico and Alaska. We must also Canadian oil sands. Specifically, standards. Safety and engineering
take the additional steps necessary to policymakers should: experts must consider the unique
move forward with production of our characteristics of each individual
oil and natural gas resources, including: well site and are in the best position
completing the necessary environmental to determine technology needs and
analyses and recommencing offshore situation specifics.
leasing. Responsible development
of our domestic energy resources
today will ensure we will be able to
meet tomorrow’s energy needs.

Natural Gas Canadian Oil Sands

• Recognize the environmental, • Promote and advance supportive

economic and efficiency benefits policies and a regulatory environ-
of natural gas; ment that will accommodate growth
for and free trade of Canadian oil
• Policymakers should foster a level sands and related products; and
playing field that ensures all energy
options are free to compete in • Support the approval of key pipeline
an open market, rather than and refining infrastructure projects
approaches that foreclose options that will help create jobs in both the
through an arbitrary selection of United States and Canada.
winners and losers.

• Allow states to continue

their effective regulation of
hydraulic fracturing; Oil Sands Areas in Alberta
• Congress should await completion
of EPA’s hydraulic fracturing
study before considering whether
additional regulations are

• Support hydraulic fracturing, which

has been safely used in one million
wells over the past 60 years, has a
proven track record and provides for
tremendous economic potential of
new natural gas finds;

• Avoid unnecessary legislation or

onerous regulations that could
have dire economic consequences:
killing jobs, impeding natural
gas development and threatening
our economy.

Source: Alberta Department of Energy.

• Reduce domestic production by them, their local community or the
Income Tax Expense as as much as 600,000 barrels of national economy.
Share of Net Income Before oil equivalent per day;
Income Taxes (2009) Raising energy taxes could eliminate
• Put an estimated $15 billion in American jobs and hurt businesses,
capital at risk in 2011 alone and discourage investment in energy
almost $130 billion over the production, compromise energy
next 10 years; security and decrease U.S. competitive-
ness abroad. Adding research and
28.1% • Put 165,000 jobs47 at risk development incentives for renewable
in 2020; and and alternative energy is a good idea,
but not at the expense of oil and
• Reduce wages by $68 billion
Oil and Natural S&P Industries Ex Oil natural gas companies via higher taxes.
Gas Industry & Gas Companies nationwide.48
Policymakers should pursue tax policies
Source: Compustat North America This is no surprise: historically,
Database (January 2010 update). that encourage U.S. businesses to grow
higher taxes have resulted in less
and invest, creating new jobs here at
domestic energy, and restrained supplies
home and making U.S. companies
Avoid Punitive often lead to higher energy costs for
more competitive around the world.
consumers. In today’s economy, that
New Energy Taxes could not only stifle recovery and This agenda should support invest-
growth, but also result in fewer jobs ments in new energy projects, as well as:
With policies that create and sustain
and leave Americans more dependent • Support oil companies’ ability to
a level playing field for all energy
on foreign energy sources. Americans expense Intangible Drilling Costs;
options, the oil and natural gas
overwhelmingly oppose raising taxes
industry will create new jobs and
on America’s oil and natural gas • Continue to make the Section 199
help fuel the nation’s economy.
industry, and most agree higher taxes manufacturing deduction and the
Conversely, adding billions of
could threaten jobs. In a recent Harris Dual Capacity Tax Credit available
dollars in new and punitive taxes
Interactive poll of 1,000 U.S. voters, to all businesses, including oil and
on our industry will have a
60 percent opposed an increase in natural gas companies;
devastating impact on American
taxes on the industry, with 40 percent
jobs and economic growth. • Support a viable oil spill liability
strongly opposing such a move.
trust fund. Unreasonable increases
The oil and natural gas industry
In addition, with 15 million Americans in liability limits would threaten
pays more than its fair share in taxes.
unemployed and millions more the viability of offshore operations,
Over the last five years, industry
underemployed, 54 percent of voters significantly reduce U.S. produc-
earnings have been in line with fear that raising industry taxes could tion, put 145,000 jobs at risk and
U.S. manufacturing industries— destroy jobs across the country.49 threaten our energy security;50 and
averaging just 7 cents for every Americans understand that raising
dollar of sales—and oil and natural taxes on an industry that provides most • Encourage energy policies that
gas companies pay an effective of their energy and supports more create and protect U.S. jobs and
tax rate of 48.4 percent compared than 9.2 million jobs is not good for energy security.
to 28.1 percent for all other S&P
Industrial companies.46

Yet, there are nearly annual calls for

billions of dollars of increased taxes
on the oil and natural gas industry. “...current tax preferences for oil and gas procedures are hardly subsides.
The continued threat of new taxes and They are instead methods that allow private companies to keep more of
fees each year creates an uncertain busi-
ness environment for U.S. companies. the money they earn while providing low-cost energy to the American
consumer...(tax penalties on the oil and natural gas industry) is not
• According to studies by Wood
Mackenzie and Louisiana State punishing fossil fuel producers as much as American consumers.”
University economist Dr. Joseph
Mason, some of the tax – Mackubin Thomas Owens, Professor of National Security Affairs,
proposals could: Naval War College; Editor, Orbis, February 16, 2010

Smart Energy Policy = Sound Economic Principles
Because of the interconnectedness of energy to all aspects of our economy, energy policy and regulatory decisions have
an enormous potential impact on Americans and their ability to find jobs and purchase goods.

Burdensome and unnecessary proposals could erode industry environmental and efficiency gains and have unintended
consequences for the U.S. economy, including sharply raising energy costs, reducing household buying power and resulting
in the destruction of millions of American jobs.

Yet the EPA is moving forward with a number of proposed regulations that could impact our ability to deliver energy resources, cost
millions of jobs, hurt consumers and put U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage globally.

national ambient air quality standards gasoline-ethanol blends (E15) greenhouse gas emissions
(naaqs)/higher ozone standards regulation (ghg)
The oil and natural gas industry
Ground-level ozone is one of six supports the responsible development As of this writing, EPA rules regulating
pollutants regulated by National of ethanol and other alternative fuels GHG emissions under the Clean Air
Ambient Air Quality Standards that can contribute as economic, Act are scheduled to go into effect
(NAAQS)—standards set by EPA reliable and affordable energy options on Jan. 2, 2011. These rules could
to monitor and regulate air pollutants in the marketplace. However, EPA’s impose a significant burden on the
considered harmful to public health. recent approval of a waiver that U.S. economy, requiring substantial
NAAQS are reviewed on a five-year allows for 15 percent ethanol blends investments and diverting capital that
cycle; nevertheless, EPA is pushing in gasoline (E15), up from 10 percent might otherwise create jobs and assist
forward with a planned final rule only for 2007 and newer vehicles only, is our economic recovery. More than six
three years after its previous review, premature, lacks statutory authority million businesses could be required
despite the fact that no new data exist and puts consumers at risk. to obtain permits to expand or merely
on which to base new standards. continue operating. State agencies
Ongoing testing by our industry, charged with issuing permits could
Despite a recent six-month post- automakers and the DOE to determine be swamped, leading to long delays
ponement, EPA has indicated it will whether E15 is safe is not yet complete. in business growth and job creation.
tighten ozone standards so close to Results so far have revealed potential
current background levels that not even safety and performance problems API believes any climate
pristine areas like Yellowstone National that could affect consumers and the
investments they’ve made in their
policy must be established
Park could comply with the proposed
air quality standards. automobiles.52 Thus, the partial waiver by Congress and should
could threaten vehicle performance and incorporate the principles
More stringent standards would be the environment, void warranties, con- of a fair, efficient and market-
costly, unattainable and unnecessary— fuse consumers—and possibly create a based strategy that minimizes
and impose a severe burden on American public backlash against renewable fuels.
manufacturers, the U.S. economy, the burden on consumers
and American jobs and consumers. EPA should extend its and jobs.
A Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI study review six months or more
finds that the proposal could result in
to allow scientific testing to
the loss of 7.3 million U.S. jobs by
2020; add $1 trillion in new regulatory be completed. Approving the
costs per year between 2020 and 2030; use of E15 without adequate
and sharply reduce the nation’s produc- and complete testing puts
tivity. GDP could be reduced by $676.8 American consumers at risk.
billion—or 3.6 percent—in 2020.51

EPA should withdraw its rule-

making and allow the normal
five-year review of the ozone
standard to continue.


Policy Choices Needed to Ensure

Future Energy Security

Our leaders must pursue a thoughtful, commonsense energy agenda that

promotes U.S. job creation, economic growth and energy security—and
avoids harmful taxes or regulations. We encourage policymakers to:

4 Increase energy production by supporting policies that promote

all energy sources;

4 Pursue policies that encourage investment in new energy projects

and provide market-based solutions to meet energy demand;

4 Reject new energy taxes and turn aside unnecessary regulations

on oil and natural gas development; and

4 Abandon efforts by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the

Clean Air Act; instead, allow Congress to establish and incorporate
principles of a fair, efficient and market-based climate strategy that
minimizes the burden on consumers and jobs.

Oil and natural gas have been and will Choosing to decrease domestic We should learn from the past—and
continue to be engines of economic production—including higher take some positive steps to ensure we
development around the world. For at energy taxes and unnecessary meet America’s energy needs in the
least the next several decades, we will regulations—only contributes to decades ahead. As a society, we cannot
continue to rely on oil and natural gas volatile prices, slower economic remain passive to energy, the environ-
to meet growing energy demand, even growth and American job losses. ment or economic growth. Each will
as we improve energy efficiency, and We need commonsense policies and fall short of its fullest promise, absent
as renewables and alternatives play regulations administered efficiently, constructive industry-government
an increasingly important role in a and sound and fair tax policies that partnerships committed to providing
changing energy landscape. allow American companies to compete our nation with a workable energy
on an even footing around the world. security policy.
A vital link exists between the oil
and natural gas industry and the We need increased access to where We need a public policy framework
U.S. economy. The industry supports oil and natural gas are found, while to ensure future energy security for
more than 9.2 million U.S. jobs and protecting national parks and fragile our nation. We need policymakers who
more than $1 trillion in economic ecosystems. Government policies understand the energy realities and the
contributions. Developing U.S. oil should harmonize our energy and energy challenges we face. We need to
and natural gas resources currently environmental goals, encouraging get it right on energy. Too much is at
off-limits could create hundreds of responsible development that creates stake for our nation to do otherwise.
thousands of new jobs and generate jobs and helps drive our economy.
more than $1.7 trillion in new
government revenue. Our nation’s history is replete with
short-term “fixes” and searches for
Given this energy reality, in the “silver bullets” to solve our energy
months and years ahead, the nation challenges. Price controls, limitations
has important decisions to make on oil and natural gas development,
about its energy future. What we need picking winners and losers among
today—and tomorrow—are policy fuels, and increasing taxes have all been
choices that increase, not decrease, tried by government—but we have
energy production. failed to develop a comprehensive
national energy policy to benefit
American consumers and businesses.

We essentially have two choices:

4Choice #1
Encourage more domestic oil and natural gas production to
help meet future demand, putting more Americans to work
and delivering substantial government revenue to benefit
all Americans; or

Choice #2
Accept policies that discourage development at home,
forcing us to import more energy. That means spending
more overseas for oil and natural gas, weakening U.S. Melva T., Lease Records
energy security, reducing U.S. jobs and diminishing One of 9.2 million Americans whose job is
supported by the oil and natural gas industry.
U.S. economic growth.
Source: The Economic Impacts of the Oil and Natural Gas
Industry on the U.S. Economy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
September 2009.

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