Policy Shifts Could Increase E&P Jobs By 25 Percent

By North American Shale magazine staff | May 11, 2017

The Western Energy Alliance, an organization representing 300 companies, has pinpointed the job growth potential for the oil and gas sector in 13 western states. If the Trump administration continues its shift to pro-domestic energy production policies, 19,363 new production- or drilling-related jobs could be added in states such as North Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico.

“The Trump administration and Congress are addressing overreaching regulations from the Obama administration, which means we can get on with responsible development of American oil and gas,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the WEA. “President Trump has clearly signaled a shift away from punishing the industry to actually encouraging domestic production.”

Policy changes on federal land leasing or the elimination of redundant regulations related to venting and flaring could each help increase production in western states by as much as 25 percent, according to John Dunham & Associates, a research and data team that compiled a jobs report for WEA.