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Houston, Texas (7 December 2016) – Today, President-elect Donald Trump announced the selection of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:
“The selection of Scott Pruitt to the role of Administrator of the EPA indicates a clear focus of the incoming administration to foster oil and gas development in the United States. The U.S. upstream oil and gas industry employs an average of 540,975 people, generating more than $61 billion in wages, and supports more than $1.2 trillion in U.S. gross domestic product. The contribution of the energy industry to the overall economy of the U.S. is vast, and we are doing so with a clear and consistent focus and commitment to facilitate safe operations.
“Mr. Pruitt hails from Oklahoma, an oil and natural gas producing state, and as such understands our industry and its commitment to U.S. energy security. We expect that he will consider all of the reliable available data before developing and implementing any new regulation impacting our industry. IADC is proud of our industry, and looks forward to working with an Administrator who will ensure that the U.S. remains an energy powerhouse, providing the energy that powers our country’s economy.”
Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.