TULSA, Okla. (January 12, 2016) – Gas Processors Association (GPA) President and CEO Mark Sutton issued the following statement addressing U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night.
“My hope tonight was that President Obama would continue to acknowledge the important and crucial role that natural gas plays in our nation’s future as he has done in previous State of the Union addresses,” Sutton said. “Unfortunately, his message has been diluted by an endless number of regulations from agencies that will impact the midstream sector. We are at a crucial time in history where we need to be supporting and investing in American energy, including natural gas and its midstream industry. The midstream industry is putting people to work by building the infrastructure necessary to ensure that America’s energy is readily available for the future.
“GPA members have been subjected to a seemingly endless avalanche of overly burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Regulations like EPA’s new ozone standard, new methane rules, and even the Clean Power Plan, which was one of the main pillars of the Paris climate ‘commitment,’ now favors renewables over natural gas. My hope is that the president will stop this endless and unnecessary barrage of regulations and allow the midstream industry to play its crucial role in meeting America’s energy needs.”
The Gas Processors Association (GPA) has served the U.S. energy industry since 1921 as an incorporated non-profit trade association. GPA is composed of more than 100 corporate members that are engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas into merchantable pipeline gas, commonly referred to in the industry as "midstream activities." Such processing includes the removal of impurities from the raw gas stream produced at the wellhead, as well as the extraction for sale of natural gas liquid products (NGLs) such as ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline. GPA members account for more than 90 percent of the NGLs produced in the United States from natural gas processing.