Following please find highlights from the AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report for the week of November 4, 2019. The full report is attached to this post.
FEDERAL - REGULATORY: BLM Energy Development Report. On October 18, the BLM released a report, The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019, which details how activities like oil and gas development on federal lands has helped contribute $105 billion in economic output in fiscal 2018. Energy production was the largest contributor to the agency’s increased economic output, with oil and gas development on BLM lands accounting for $71.5 billion alone. Oil production also increased from 174 million barrels in 2017 to 214.1 million in 2018. Read more.STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Employee Misclassification – Pennsylvania. (Update to 7/15/19 Weekly Report) On October 30, HB 716 was laid on the table (set aside or made inactive) in the Senate. The Democrat-sponsored bill passed the House in June but was of concern to AAPL members. The bill would have addressed the issue of employee misclassification by creating a joint agency task force on employee misclassification. According to the sponsor’s memorandum, “The task force will investigate the practice and develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce misclassification in Pennsylvania. With this task force in place, we will be able to properly identify the scope of the problem and create a plan to solve it.” The tabling of the measure is a positive development and should the bill become active again we will report on it. Read more.INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. petroleum demand hits high. The American Petroleum Institute reports that U.S. domestic petroleum demand in September hit its highest level on record at 20.8 million b/d. That represents a 3.5 percent increase over September 2018. This comes on the heels of record production reports by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Read more.