June 17, 2024

Gulf Energy Alliance and Gulf Coast States Challenge New Federal Regulation That Will Kill Jobs, Cut Public Revenues, and Harm American Energy Security

(The Woodlands, Texas) – The Gulf Energy Alliance (GEA) today joined the States of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi in a legal challenge to the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) rule imposing unnecessary and burdensome financial requirements targeting independent offshore oil and natural gas producers.

The new regulation is a solution in search of a problem, imposing unnecessary financial burdens that will have far-reaching impacts to many small to mid-size energy producers and all Americans. If implemented, the Biden Administration’s regulation will put thousands of good-paying jobs at risk and reduce competition in the industry, investment in local communities, state and local tax revenues generated through offshore operations, and ultimately weaken U.S. energy security.

The GEA is joined by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), and the US Oil & Gas Association (USOGA) in supporting this petition.

Background on Financial Assurances Today and Under the New Rule:

  • In federal offshore oil and gas development, all companies in the chain of a title are jointly and severally liable for decommissioning obligations. This system has worked to protect the U.S. taxpayer for over 70 years and continues to work to this day.
  • Of the more than 7,000 platforms installed offshore, over 5,300, or approximately 75%, have been removed, almost entirely by independent oil & gas companies.
  • U.S. taxpayers have paid less than $73 million in decommissioning costs over the 75+ year history of offshore oil and gas production, while benefiting from over $208 billion in revenue to the federal government through taxes, royalties and rentals over the past 40 years.
  • BOEM estimates that 76% of businesses in the Gulf of Mexico subjected to the rule are small businesses. This unnecessary financial burden is an existential threat to many of these small businesses.
  • According to an independent expert analysis, the rule threatens an estimated 36,000 jobs, more than $570 million in federal government royalties, and $9.9 billion from U.S. GDP.
  • Critically, the surety market has stated it cannot meet the $6.9 billion of newly required supplemental financial assurance imposed by the new rule.

The GEA and multiple allies released the following statements about this challenge to the Biden Administration’s regulatory overreach:

“Today, we’re taking steps to challenge the DOI’s unjustified actions to further restrict American energy access in the Gulf of Mexico,” said GEA Executive Director Kevin Bruce. “Despite Congress’ clear intentions set out by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953, the Biden Administration is making a clear attack on the offshore oil and gas industry with this rule. Together with the States of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, we intend to use every legal tool at our disposal to challenge these actions. This rule is completely unnecessary to protect the American taxpayer despite the Administration claims, and it is nothing more than a pretext to prevent small and mid-size independent oil and gas companies from operating in the Gulf.”

Further, Mr. Bruce stated, “It is critical that financial assurance requirements – or any regulation for that matter – is workable, achievable and does not create unnecessary burdens for continued investment in the Gulf of Mexico. Implementation of the new rule is impossible. The new rule relies on the surety market to provide an additional $7 billion in new supplemental bonds. But throughout the rulemaking process the surety market has been clear: the surety market will not and cannot supply the newly required bonds. Even if the surety market could, it would be prohibitively expensive for producers, ultimately pushing out the small to mid-size companies that employ thousands of hardworking Americans, and decreasing competition across the Gulf’s offshore industry.”

“Once again, Joe Biden is unlawfully attempting to kill Louisiana jobs and American energy security by making the financial burden required of offshore producers so exorbitant it is no longer feasible to operate,” said Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill. “Further, it is extremely concerning that BOEM, Interior, and the Office of Management and Budget completely ignored the over two thousand comments submitted in response to the rulemaking pointing out that this rule—as written—is simply unimplementable. This includes serious concerns raised by the State of Louisiana, President Biden’s own Small Business Administration, and the surety industry, in addition to service companies and vendors across the supply chain which support offshore oil and gas production.”

“To put it simply, this rule fixes a problem that does not exist,” said USOGA President Tim Stewart. “And in this case, the ‘solution’ will be devastating to independent producers, discourage new investment, and threaten our energy and natural security. Over the last 70 years, our members have made critical business decisions relying on the system of joint and several liability – a legal system well-established and well-known by all parties involved. The implications of this rule fundamentally change the basis upon which these business decisions were made, duplicates financial assurances already made by the industry and potentially puts taxpayers at greater risk. Importantly, the true cost of this rule extends far beyond a mere dollar figure. It puts well-paying jobs, federal revenues, community support and our national security at risk.”

Click here to view the State of LA et al v. Haaland – Complaint
Click here to view the 2.4 Memorandum in Support of Motion for Stay or Preliminary Injunction


The Gulf Energy Alliance is a coalition of leading independent offshore oil and natural gas producers and allied organizations supporting policies and regulations that encourage sustainable investment, innovation, and job creation in the GOM. Independent offshore oil and natural gas producers contribute significantly, nearly half of the production and revenues, to U.S. offshore oil and natural gas production and the U.S. economy.

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association is a trade association that was organized to represent the independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance it by creating incentives; warding off tax increases; changing existing, burdensome regulations; and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry. LOGA confronts and deals directly with the many issues that are causing harm to Louisiana’s oil & gas industry.

The US Oil & Gas Association is the Nation’s oldest oil and gas trade association, founded in 1917. USOGA’s mission is to promote national public policy that supports exploration and production for the domestic oil and natural gas industry.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America is a national upstream trade association representing thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States. Independent producers develop 90% of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 54% of America’s oil production, 85% of its natural gas production, and support over 2.1 million American jobs.


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GEA Comments on the Proposed Financial Assurance Rule.

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The GEA Applauds the House Natural Resources Committee for Bringing Forward Much-Needed Permitting Reforms and Mandated Offshore Lease Sales in the TAPP Act

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Gulf Energy Alliance Comments on U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Management’s Proposed 2023–2028 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

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