Energy & Natural Resources

Issue Briefs

Energy Industry in Oklahoma
Proposed Venting and Flaring Rule Is An Unnecessary Burden

2017 Legislative Initiatives

State Agenda

  • Support the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's (OWRB) water planning authority to ensure certainty for Oklahoma business when working with the OWRB to obtain water permits, and continue opposition of legislatively-created regional water planning groups
  • Oppose any policy that results in less water being available for use by cities and towns, business and industry, agriculture, oil and natural gas, mining, tourism and other beneficial uses as defined by current law
  • Support the retention and protection of the private property aspects of Oklahoma's surface and groundwater laws
  • Support completion of statutorily required groundwater basin studies and equal proportionate share determinations to ensure certainty for Oklahoma business
  • Support funding for water resource infrastructure development
  • Support efforts to expand development of affordable and functional natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, and all other alternative fuel vehicles and strategically expand natural gas fueling and electric charging infrastructure
  • Support the rights of industry, public and private land and mineral owners to be free from burdensome regulations due to candidate, threatened, and endangered species
  • Support efforts to end the sue and settle practices of federal agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Support efforts to ensure state primacy over pipeline safety as directed by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Support state primacy over environmental regulations and energy and natural resource industry operations
  • Support incentives for or voluntary initiatives to increase water conservation, reuse or other similar efforts statewide to develop water availability
  • Oppose any unnecessary regulatory intrusion into energy industry operations
  • Endorse the historic water resources agreement between the State of Oklahoma, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the City of Oklahoma City

Federal Agenda

  • Support efforts to expand electric transmission capacity
  • Oppose any federal agency rules under the Clean Water Act expanding federal jurisdiction over water
  • Oppose the effort to tighten federal ozone standards until there is compliance in all regions
  • Support regional solutions rather than federal mandates on energy and natural resource issues
  • Encourage Congress to pass the water agreement between the State of Oklahoma, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, and the City of Oklahoma City
  • Support funding for water resource infrastructure development

Energy / Natural Resources Committee

Staff: Mike Jackson          Chair: Rae Rice
Purpose: Review and analyze all legislation and proposed rules and regulations that impact Oklahoma's business community.