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Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)


The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has represented independent oil and natural gas producers for 90 years.

Today, IPAA represents the thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the U.S. America’s independent producers develop 91% of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 83% of America’s oil production, 90% of its natural gas and NGL production, and support over 4.5 million American jobs. A recent analysis has shown that independent producers are investing 150% of their U.S. cash flow back into American oil and natural gas development to enhance their already aggressive efforts to find and produce more energy.

IPAA is a national trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. It serves as an informed voice for the exploration and production segment of the industry, and advocates its members’ views before the U.S. Congress, The White House, and federal agencies. IPAA provides economic and statistical information about the U.S. exploration and production industry. IPAA also develops investment symposia and other networking and business development opportunities for its members.

Editor's note: Updated April 1, 2020.

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Under Siege: Industry Cuts Emissions Despite Biden's ‘Attack’ on E&Ps

IPAA Chairman and Elevation Resources CEO Steve Pruett shared insight on industry’s concerns over regulations carried out by an “alphabet soup” of agencies from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Trade Commission.

MethaneSAT: EDF’s Eye in the Sky Targets E&P Emissions

The Environmental Defense Fund and Harvard University recently launched MethaneSAT, a satellite tracking methane emissions. The project’s primary target: oil and gas operators.

Dysfunction With a Capitol D.C.

Growing party infighting makes Washington, D.C., a difficult place for the energy industry to get things done.

Vitol: Oil Demand Peaks in 2030s, Saudis to Quit Supply Cut This Year

Vitol executive Ben Marshall told oil and gas producers at IPAA’s Private Capital Conference that Saudi Arabia is losing patience. Also, the energy transition will take longer than expected.

SUPER DUG: IPAA Chairman—Whatever Biden Says, He Means ‘No New Drilling’

IPAA Chairman Steve Pruett lauds allies in the House, but says the Biden administration is intent on cutting oil and gas drilling.

Private Equity Execs Expect Active Year for A&D

Executives in the private equity space expect this year to be an active one for A&D and M&A activities, they concurred during the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s Private Capital Conference in Houston.

IPAA’s Vice Chairman Steven Pruett Appointed to Board Chairman

The past IPAA vice chairman will replace Jim Wilkes as the association’s chairman for the 2022-2024 term.

Oil and Gas Groups Assail Biden’s ‘Misleading’ Call to Penalize US Drillers for Unused Leases

President Joe Biden’s remarks demanding U.S. oil and gas drillers to pay penalties when federal leases go unused sparks outcry from industry experts and trade associations.

IPAA Op-ed: A Bridge Between the Energy Sector and Education

For more than 15 years, IPAA’s Energy Education Center has facilitated programs such as camps, field trips, competitions, career conferences, teacher training and an extern program.

Nonprofits, Energy Companies Partner to Promote STEM Education

As efforts to encourage more students to embrace STEM go virtual, businesses and organizations aim to extend their reach to keep talent pipelines for the energy sector filled.

Energy Policy Watch: IPAA’s Dan Naatz Breaks Down Biden’s Energy Policy and Oil and Gas

There’s no way to spin it, these are scary and challenging times for oil and gas executives as the Biden administration turns energy policy 180 degrees and focuses nearly everything through the lens of climate change, while industry opponents gear up to seize their opportunities over the next four years. Here’s an in-depth look at energy policy and oil and gas in 2021.

Analyst: Election Really Hinges on Texas, Four Other States

Veteran political strategist Jim Ellis stresses five southern states that Trump must win again to have a shot at an Electoral College victory; Biden needs to defend the Great Lakes.

DUG Permian/Eagle Ford: The 2020 Election

IPAA’s Dan Naatz, a Washington insider and industry representative on Capitol Hill, talks about the real feelings on oil and gas inside the Beltway and how this year’s election may or may not define the future of energy.

Oil Trade Groups Release New Guidelines on ESG Reporting

Guidance provides framework for detailing sustainability efforts as environmental, social and governance remains a key priority for many upstream oil and gas companies.