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API, Energy Industry Trade Groups File Lawsuit Against DOI’s Indefinite Federal Leasing Pause

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) and 11 other energy industry trade groups today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) indefinite pause on oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands and waters. 

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API Underscores Importance of Federal Oil and Gas Program, Urges DOI to End Federal Leasing Pause

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on the importance of continued natural gas and oil leasing and development on federal lands and waters for U.S. economic growth and climate progress. API Vice President of Upstream Policy Kevin O’Scannlain urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to account for the economic and environmental benefits that federal natural gas and oil production provides to local communities and the entire country during the department’s review of the program and expeditiously lift the federal leasing pause.

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API Highlights Importance of Federal Leasing and Development at DOI Forum

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2021 –The American Petroleum today participated in the U.S. Interior Department’s public forum on the federal oil and gas program. On a panel alongside other energy industry stakeholders, API Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola highlighted the importance of continued federal leasing and development for America’s energy security and environmental progress.

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API Provides ‘Dose of Energy Reality’ at USEA Forum

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2021 – Today, American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers gave remarks during the 17th Annual State Of The Energy Industry Forum, hosted by the U.S. Energy Association. Sommers outlined areas of common ground with President Biden while raising concerns that the new administration is on the “wrong side” of several consequential issues that will shape America’s energy future.

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API: Limiting Domestic Energy Production Undermines Environmental Progress

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today warned limiting domestic energy produced on federal lands and waters would undermine environmental progress, cost American jobs, jeopardize education and conservation funding and shift the U.S. to greater reliance on foreign energy.

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API Statement on Natural Gas and Oil Leasing on Federal Lands and Waters

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2021 – American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Mike Sommers issued the following statement today regarding the Department of Interior’s action impeding natural gas and oil development on federal lands and waters.

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API Outlines Path to Affordable, Reliable and Cleaner Energy Future in Annual State of American Energy Event

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2020 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today hosted its annual State of American Energy address, where it outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to support the nation’s economic recovery and a vision for an affordable, reliable and cleaner energy future. API President and CEO Mike Sommers headlined the event that drew more than 2,000 virtual attendees and featured young professionals and local energy leaders, including a New Mexico teacher and Pennsylvania-based union trade leader.

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