In many ways, the petroleum industry is large and complex with issues that span the globe and are of world wide import. Other issues affecting or resulting from oil and gas development are more local in nature and mainly concern local communities right here at home. UPA works to be an advocate for the oil and gas industry in Utah and represent member companies in the numerous issues of import that impact both industry and Utah communities.
Some key issues include air quality, gas prices, tier 3 fuels, industry economic impacts, hydraulic fracturing, refinery safety, public lands, landowner issues, and transportation.
After the safety of our employees and communities where we operate, environmental stewardship is a top priority for UPA Members and Utah's oil and gas industry. Preserving and enhancing Utah's air quality is important to us. While there is no doubt our industry produces significant emissions in the development and manufacture of critical energy resources on which we all depend, we also dedicate tremendous resources, investment, time, technology and manpower into minimizing and controlling those emissions the the greatest extent possible.
Fuel prices affect us all. Whether you drive for a living or hardly at all, the price of gasoline can significantly affect our family budget, vacation plans or corporate fleet costs . Gasoline is a commodity like any other and is subject to the same basic economic principles - supply and demand. Utah, unlike many states, has both oil production as well as refining capacity within the State. Utah’s five petroleum refineries depend on crude oil supplies from Utah as well as surrounding intermountain states.
EPA’s Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standard rule is designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. When fully implemented with new fuel technology and more advanced, cleaner automobiles, the program will be an important piece of the puzzle and step forward in Utah’s efforts to clean and maintain our air quality.
Utah's oil and gas industry has a tremendous economic impact on the State. The activities and investments surrounding finding, producing, moving and manufacturing these products create tremendous economic benefits to our national and local economies. Jobs in these fields provide good-paying, family-sustaining lifestyles. Tax revenues and royalties from the oil and gas industry fund local services and provide income to schools and students.
Over the past decade, the United States has seen a renaissance in energy development. New and improved technologies have unlocked oil and gas resources that previously we're inaccessible. The result has been a tremendous upswing in domestic energy production that has turned the tide away from a dangerous dependence on foreign energy sources. Hydraulic Fracturing has played a key role in this process. The hydraulic fracturing practice, commonly referred to as “fracking”, is a safe, well-proven technique that has been successfully used over a million times for over 60 years. In recent years, it’s use has been expanded and perfected and is now unlocking oil and gas resources that give the United States tremendous leverage and flexibility in the worldwide energy marketplace.
Operating our facilities in a safe fashion is our top priority as an industry. Our employees are our most important asset and sending them home safely each day is the most important thing we do. Our goal is to have zero safety related incidents. UPA Member Companies invest heavily in safety equipment and training to facilitate a safe working environment. We also recognize our responsibility to our neighbors and community partners. We work closely with local fire and emergency response agencies as well as state and federal safety regulatory agencies. UPA Members have coalesced to form safety committees to learn from and teach each other best practices, both within the State and taking the best information available from refineries across the country, to make sure we operate as safely as possible.