Today, Energy and Power Vice Chairman John Sullivan offered the following statement as the panel held a hearing to examine EPA's enforcement practices and priorities for region 6, which includes Oklahoma. Rep. Sullivan was also pleased to welcome Mr. Bob Sullivan Jr., the Chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, who testified before the Subcommittee and offered a first hand account of how EPA's enforcement practices negatively impact oil and gas production in Oklahoma and across the country.
"EPA has displayed a troubling trend of hostility toward domestic oil and gas production -- the blatant political bias of this Administration further proves how out of touch they are with the American people when it comes to developing a national energy policy. I am extremely disappointed that former EPA Region 6 Director Dr. Al Armendariz decided to cancel his appearance at today's hearing at the last minute. The American people deserve an honest explanation for his comments saying that EPA should "crucify" and "make examples" out of oil and gas companies which employ 9 million Americans and over 300,000 in Oklahoma alone! This type of regulatory bullying and abuse underscores the problems we face with EPA's enforcement culture."
Mr. Bob Sullivan Jr., Chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, offered the following comment after testifying before the committee.
"The Armendariz episode and similar examples of EPA overreach in Regions 3 and 8 confirm that the federal government possesses neither the expertise, nor the objectivity, to regulate oil and natural gas operations. Mr. Armendariz was simply following the environmental activists' playbook of the Obama Administration."