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Membership

API Represents America's Oil and Natural Gas Industry


As the primary trade association of the oil and natural gas industry, API represents more than 625 members involved in all aspects of petroleum. Our association draws on the experience and expertise of our members and staff to support a strong and viable oil and natural gas industry.

  • Our work is member-driven.  We offer companies large and small the opportunity to participate in shaping API programs and policy priorities.
  • We are a major research institute. API is committed to using the best available scientific, economic and legal analysis to guide and support our policy positions.
  • We give our industry a unified voice. API's expert staff participate actively in key policy-making forums, facilitating dialogue and producing effective solutions on issues important to all Americans.
  • Our organization is tailored to serve our members. API membership is divided by industry segments so companies can have direct input on the specific issues most important to them.
  • The oil and natural gas industry shares a keen interest in the policy issues arena. We are actively engaged with government leaders to ensure informed decision-making so the energy needs of tomorrow are met.

Membership

Membership in API is open to corporations involved in the oil and natural gas industry or that support the industry.

The API Bylaws establish the requirements for membership. They are:

  • Companies engaged in the oil and natural gas industry that meet the criteria for one of the API industry segments and are incorporated in the United States or Canada or Mexico shall be eligible for membership.
  • Members must pay dues for all industry segments where they own assets.
  • Service and supply companies in the oil and natural gas industry with their principal office in a country other than the United States or Canada or Mexico may be admitted to membership on approval by the API Chairman and Treasurer or their designee(s).

API has five industry segments:

  1. The Upstream Segment is open to companies producing oil or natural gas in the United States (vertically integrated companies may be members of more than one API segment).
    • Focuses on upstream regulatory policy, legislative issues, and industry technical standards and recommended practices.
    • Emphasizes efforts to ensure that operations are conducted in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
  2. The Market Development Segment is open to companies producing oil or natural gas in the United States (vertically integrated companies may be members of more than one API segment).
    • Focuses on identifying policy opportunities and impediments to sustaining and growing demand for U.S. natural gas resources in targeted markets, advocating for legislative and regulatory policy and market designs that leverage the full value of natural gas.
    • Educates potential customers and decision makers on the abundance, reliability, affordability and environmental advantages of natural gas.
  3. The Midstream Segment is open to companies gathering, processing, storing and transporting oil and natural gas in the United States (vertically integrated companies may be members of more than one API segment).
    • Develops policy positions for gathering, processing, storing and transportation and oversees the review of related federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
    • Identifies opportunities for technical studies and research to address issues related to development of U.S. infrastructure, use of equipment, development of operational procedures, and safety, health and environmental performance.
  4. The Downstream Segment is open to companies that refine or market petroleum products in the United States (vertically integrated companies may be members of more than one API segment).
    • Provides guidance on the impact of legislative and regulatory proposals on downstream operations and provides scientific, economic, environmental, and risk analysis information on associated issues.
    • Develops standards, practices and positions that allow industry to provide products to consumers in the most safe, efficient and environmentally responsible way.
  5. The General Membership Segment is open to service and supply companies that support the oil and natural gas industry, regardless of the industry segment served.  Companies eligible for membership include:
    • Manufacturers of equipment unique to industry operations.
    • Companies that provide specific industry related services that support at least one of the other industry segments, such as drilling contractors.
    • Suppliers of feedstocks that are used in the in the making of petroleum products, including lubricants.
    • Consulting firms with expertise unique to the industry.

If your organization is ready to apply for membership, please use our online application form, or download the application form (best viewed in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome) and fax it to us at 202.682.8223 (this number is on the form).

For more information about eligibility, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.  Please e-mail us at membership@api.org.

API membership gives you:

  • The opportunity to work with all of industry in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry, and the ability to shape industry positions through our one-company-one-vote committees.
  • Representation before key legislative and regulatory bodies.
  • API's well-respected research capabilities - that our industry has an effective voice shaping the policies critical to your business.
  • Company-wide support from API's skilled professional staff.
  • Stewardship of our industry's reputation through credible public communications, and our widely recognized standards development and certification programs.
  • Access to API conferences, symposia and training programs where you can exchange information, learn from the experiences of industry peers and develop critical skills.
  • Attendance at API’s members-only annual meeting
  • 30 percent discount on API standards, available in print or PDF via authorized distributors
  • Leadership opportunities on API standards committees
  • Member link on our website
  • 10% advertising discount for members on API SmartBrief e-newsletter

To better serve our member companies, API divides its membership by industry segments.  Member committees meet annually to develop consensus priorities for API's research and advocacy programs. Our staff then works to develop the research tools and advocacy strategies to achieve the membership's goals.

Together, we're advancing the interests of the industry while working to earn the trust of our customers.

API chapters promote fellowship and professional development of their members through the exchange of operational experience, operations oriented meeting programs, and a variety of educational, industry service and community service projects.

See:  API Chapter Locations and Contact Information

These efforts promote a professional and civic minded industry image in chapter communities.  The chapters are non-commercial, non-discriminatory, and do not endorse or financially support political parties or candidates.  To avoid inadvertent conflicts, the chapters do not independently develop or promote positions on public issues, but often provide forums for discussion of such issues.

Scope

There are more than 30 active API chapters with 9,412 members in 12 states. Most meet monthly or quarterly.  Their scholarships, donations and service projects typically total $200,000 to $300,000 annually.

Chapter Membership and Organization

Membership is open to anyone engaged in the petroleum or an allied industry. Many chapters also offer associate membership to anyone having interest in these industries.

Chapter membership does not require or constitute national API corporate or individual membership, and there are no national dues.

Each chapter is a separate and totally self supporting legal entity, elects its own officers and establishes its own programs and dues consistent with its local constitution and bylaws, and applicable API policies and federal, state and local laws.

Meeting Programs

Most programs stress practical field applications of industry technology, practices, trends, and issues.  Occasional general programs promote broader interest (e.g., local history, community projects, or facilities).

Educational Projects

Most chapters emphasize scholarships.  Many also support college grants and petroleum technology courses.  They also may sponsor occasional seminars for industry, or industry information programs for their communities.

Community Service

Many chapters donate time or money to support local youth projects, police and fire departments, public facility improvements, community or individual disaster assistance, and charities.

Fellowship and Fund-raisers

Most chapters hold one or more social functions each year to involve families and friends (e.g., spouse’s night or a picnic).  Most also hold an annual golf tournament, fish fry, or similar event as a membership development tool and fundraiser for scholarships and donations.

Join Our State Petroleum Council Network

One of the tremendous benefits of API is our network of state offices that are fully integrated into the API and provide government relations counsel in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

These state offices address legislative and regulatory issues impacting the oil and natural gas industry. These offices are staffed with a cadre of seasoned professionals with experience in state government. They not only know the political scene in their state, but they also understand the industry’s issues.

API’s presence in the state allows companies to consistently know the status of both regulatory and legislative issues. This is particularly beneficial to companies with limited government relations staff. API is represented in 34 state capitals and the District of Columbia.

API members may participate in the State Petroleum Council network and receive representation in all the states where they do business. Each state has its own working group that directs the efforts in that state. Councils also provide assistance to individual member companies when a company has a special non-competitive issue with state government.

For more information on joining the State Petroleum Council Network, send an e-mail to membership@api.org. Note that API corporate membership is required to join the SPC Network.

What are the qualifications for membership?

The API Bylaws set out these qualifications:

Companies engaged in the oil and natural gas industry that meet the criteria for one of the API industry segments and are incorporated in the United States or Canada or Mexico shall be eligible for membership. Members must pay dues for all industry segments where they own assets. Service and supply companies in the oil and natural gas industry with their principal office in a country other than the United States or Canada or Mexico may be admitted to membership on approval by the API Chairman and Treasurer or their designee(s).

May individuals join API?

API's individual membership program was discontinued in 1997.

Do you offer an associate membership?

We only offer corporate membership to those companies involved in the oil and natural gas industry. There is no membership category for organizations outside of the industry.

I work for an oil company that is not located in North America and we would like to join API. Would we qualify?

We're sorry, but only petroleum companies incorporated in, or having their principal office in North America are eligible for membership.

Are government agencies eligible for membership?

We’re sorry but only companies engaged in the oil and natural gas industry that meet the criteria for one of the API industry segments and are incorporated in the United States or Canada or Mexico are eligible for membership.

Are universities with programs or special interests in the oil and gas industry eligible for membership?

No, except for maritime academies, which are eligible for membership in the Marine Segment. However, we're certainly interested in working with you, even if you're not eligible for formal membership.

My company is located outside of North America, but we supply the oil and gas industry with products or services. Are we eligible for membership?

API Bylaws provide that service and supply companies in the oil and natural gas industry with their principal office in a country other than the United States, Canada or Mexico may be admitted to membership on approval by the API Chairman and Treasurer or their designee(s). If you think your company meets these qualifications, please apply.

My company provides management consulting services or financial consulting services to the oil and gas industry. Are we eligible for membership?

Companies that provide management consulting services or financial services are not eligible.

I am a member of the API chapter in my community but my company is not a member of API at the national level. Does this entitle me to any benefits at the national level?

No; membership in local chapters is for local activities only (we'd be happy to talk with your company about the benefits of membership. Just contact us at membership@api.org).

My company provides management consulting services or financial consulting services to the oil and gas industry. Are we eligible for membership?

Companies that provide management consulting services or financial services are not eligible.

My company is a corporate member of API. When I buy publications or sign up for conferences, am I supposed to use a special number or other designation?

No, API does not issue membership numbers. The API database includes information on all of our member companies, so we verify that information when you contact us.

My company is affiliated with one of your members. Am I eligible for member discounts?

Membership benefits are extended only to corporate members and their wholly owned subsidiaries. If you have a question about your company’s membership status, please contact us at membership@api.org.

Can a single division of a company join API?

API offers only corporate memberships, so a corporation must pay on all of its oil and gas operations or sales. In some instances, only a single division of a company is involved in the oil and natural gas industry, and in those cases, that division can be designated as the API member.

How long does a membership application take to process?

We can extend benefits to you as soon as we receive the funds via check, credit card or wire, and your membership will be officially activated the day the check or wire clears the bank.

Isn’t API just for the major oil companies?

No, API has over 625 members involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, so the vast majority of our members are non-integrated oil and gas companies, pipeline companies, marine companies and their suppliers.

How much does a membership cost?

Oil and natural gas company dues are volumetrically based, so it depends on the size of the company and its involvement in the API segments.

Pipeline dues are based on total pipeline throughput in barrel-miles of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and other hazardous liquids as defined in 49 CFR part 195 for all pipeline systems owned or operated by your company (including subsidiaries).

Dues for service and supply members are based on sales to the U.S. petroleum industry, beginning at $1,600.

Is a list of your members available for purchase?

Sorry, we do not provide or sell our membership list. Many of our members, however, have links on our website. To visit them, please click here.