EPA Considers Regulatory Action Against Largest U.S. Oil Field, Because $5 Gas Isn’t Painful Enough

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In case you were wondering if the Biden administration could do anything more to cripple the U.S. fossil fuel industry, the answer is yes.

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an “ozone violation designation” for portions of the Permian Basin, the largest oil field in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News. The Permian Basin is located in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

In a June 27 letter to President Joe Biden, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that this action “could lead to skyrocketing prices at the pump by reducing production, increase the cost of that production, or do both.”

The Permian Basin, he informed the President, accounts for 25 percent of all oil produced domestically and supplies the U.S. with 95,000,000 gallons of gasoline per day.

Abbott emphasized that this decision was entirely discretionary and that Biden had the power to stop it.

He wrote, “If you do not, this action alone might serve as a catalyst for economic harm leading to an even deeper reliance on imported foreign energy and a faster economic decline into the pending recession by forcing even more pain for American consumers to pay at the pump.”

A fact sheet on this proposal prepared by the U.S. General Services Administration states: “In 2017, EPA designated certain counties in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas located in the area known as the Permian Basin attainment/unclassifiable for the 2015 ozone NAAQS.

“EPA is now considering a discretionary redesignation for (portions of) these counties in New Mexico and Texas for the 2015 ozone NAAQS under Clean Air Act section 107(d)(3) based on current monitoring data and other air quality factors. If the area is redesignated to nonattainment, the state(s) will be required to submit a State Implementation Plan to bring the area into attainment with the 2015 ozone NAAQS.”

This action was instigated by a conservation group called the “WildEarth Guardians.” Monitors, according to Bloomberg, had found that “average ground-level ozone levels” had exceeded “the 2015 standard of 70 parts per billion several years running.”

The group petitioned the EPA in March 2021 and later threatened legal action if nothing was done. Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth’s climate and energy program director, told Bloomberg this designation “basically says you’ve got to clean up this mess or the consequences are going to get even more severe as far as restricting your ability to permit more pollution and more development.”

If parts of this region are found to be in violation of the ozone limits, state regulators would have three years to bring those areas back into compliance.

Bloomberg spoke to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, about the effects an EPA attack on the Permian Basin might have on future energy development. He said, “Creating uncertainty on permitting and inserting unnecessary regulatory barriers will only negatively impact the production necessary to meet the needs of consumers.”

Why would this administration even consider moving forward with a plan that would further discourage oil companies from starting new projects? A rhetorical question.

At a time when some Americans are forced to choose between putting food on their tables or filling their gas tank, this idea should have been dismissed out of hand.

While Biden claims to care about the rising cost of gas, his administration’s actions say otherwise.



A previous version of this article was published on The Western Journal.
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2 thoughts on “EPA Considers Regulatory Action Against Largest U.S. Oil Field, Because $5 Gas Isn’t Painful Enough”

  1. There was a recent Supreme Court ruling that applies to this, as well as with firearms and several other topics, where government is running an unconstitutional regulations game without the legislation to back it up.

    The problem is that it is a pity that someone has to sue to get relief. That problem, alone, should make everyone wonder why Biden is allowed to remain in office. He violates his oath of office every time he opens his mouth. His executive branch agency heads all do the same.

    Biden is essentially handing down faux legislation without the legislature ever having a vote on the issue. How many problems can be fixed alone, if only the administration was made to adhere to the Constitution?

    Almost all of them.

  2. How many times have we heard the liar in chief say that his administration is doing everything possible to increase oil and gas production? This question has bee posed before but bears repeating, “How can you tell if Biden is lying?” Answer: His lips are moving.
    The guy has mastered the art.


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