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API welcomes EPA action to strengthen U.S. energy facilities, urges Congress to follow suit

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WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 – API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola said that EPA’s action to put an administrative stay on the agency’s Risk Management Plan rule is important to protecting the security of industrial facilities throughout the country.

"This is an important step for providing regulatory certainty and supporting safety and security in the oil and natural gas industry,” said Macchiarola.  “Now, Congress must act to repeal this unnecessary rule, as the rule misses the mark on improving the safety and security of our nation’s energy infrastructure.” 

“We look forward to working with the new administration and Congress on forward-looking energy policies that recognize America’s oil and natural gas production and refining industry as part of the solution to our nation’s economic, environmental and energy security goals.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.