GPA Midstream’s Legislative Committee monitors legislative and regulatory activities at the federal level and within the key states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming. The committee develops working relationships with legislative and regulatory leaders and with other associations to benefit and promote the midstream industry.
Each year from January through May, members of this committee, including GPA Midstream’s contracted lobbyists and state coordinators mentioned below, hold bi-weekly conference calls to report on key activities in their respective areas. The Legislative Committee provides comments on specific issues as necessary and also provides guidance to GPA Midstream and member companies on key issues and lobbies GPA Midstream positions on legislation when appropriate.
GPA Midstream is active at a federal level through GPA’s Midstream office of federal affairs in Washington, D.C. Key tasks include engaging and educating agencies and legislators about the midstream industry. Matthew Hite is GPA Midstream's vice president of government affairs and leads GPA Midstream's federal advocacy activities in D.C. Charlotte Sawyer, manager of government affairs, participates in the implementation and management of the organization's federal legislative strategies and serves as one of the association's lobbyists before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies.
Visit the GPA Midstream Knowledge Center to view GPA Midstream comments filed with federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Information Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
GPA Midstream monitors 11 states in which a large majority of our member companies have operating interests, and the association actively advocates in four: Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Laura Chandler is GPA Midstream’s manager of state government affairs and is based in Austin. Chandler actively monitors legislation within the four key states and informs the Legislative Committee of issues that may impact GPA Midstream member companies and the midstream industry, as well as identify issues that GPA Midstream should be aware of and involved in.
Any employee of a GPA Midstream member company interested in participating in or learning more about midstream industry legislative activities is welcome and encouraged to join this committee.
GPA Midstream’s Legislative Committee works closely with other groups that may share common goals with our organization, such as the Texas Pipeline Association and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.