California Oil and Gas Faces Continued Headwinds

Publication: American Oil and Gas Reporter
Issue: May 2019
By Dan Larson

At a time when it seems California’s lawmakers are eager to erase oil and gas from their state, the industry remains united and optimistic, say leaders of the state’s trade association.

“We have been at this for 40 years and we are more engaged now than ever,” declared Rock Zierman, chief executive of the California Independent Producers Association. “We are more focused, we have added staff expertise and are seeing results where it matters.”

California’s growing political opposition and increasingly complex regulatory environment share most of the blame for a steady decline in production across the state’s once-prolific oilfields. As a result, CIPA has added to its member services and gotten more sophisticated.

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