Legislation: With the Texas House and Senate meeting only six months every two years, thousands of bills are drafted and brought to a vote every session and in a very short amount of time. PBPA therefore keeps its membership informed and protected by tracking the hundreds of bills that could adversely affect the petroleum industry. Our staff frequently testifies before multiple House and Senate committees, giving a much needed voice to our member’s interest and in doing so keeping our state lawmakers informed on the effects their legislation would have on our industry.

Regulation: The oil and gas industry has an enormous impact on the economic vitality of the Permian Basin and with state regulatory agencies frequently changing the rules governing our industry, PBPA must work diligently to prevent the passage of rules that would otherwise go unnoticed. It is the goal of PBPA to provide our membership with the most up to date information on new regulations affecting our industry. PBPA strives to work towards reasonable regulation of our industry that is both safe and economically viable. PBPA provides our members the opportunity to have their voices heard through our various committees. PBPA’s legislative committee, monitors legislation concerning the Railroad Commission, water, taxes, energy and the environment. PBPA’s regulatory committees analyze and collaborate on the continuous stream of regulatory issues facing the industry both on the Federal and State levels.

The Permian Basin extends over the following Texas counties: Andrews, Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Coke, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dawson, Dickens, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Hockley, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kent, King, Lamb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Terrell, Terry, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler, and Yoakum.