GPA Midstream’s Legislative Committee monitors legislative and regulatory activities at the federal level and within the key states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming. The committee develops working relationships with legislative and regulatory leaders and with other associations to benefit and promote the midstream industry.
Each year from January through May, members of this committee, including GPA Midstream’s contracted lobbyists and state coordinators mentioned below, hold bi-weekly conference calls to report on key activities in their respective areas. The Legislative Committee provides comments on specific issues as necessary and also provides guidance to GPA Midstream and member companies on key issues and lobbies GPA Midstream positions on legislation when appropriate.
GPA Midstream has been active at a federal level for several years, relying on third parties that have key Capitol Hill and agency access until recently when the GPA Midstream board of directors approved opening a GPA Midstream office of federal affairs in Washington, D.C., in the first quarter of 2015 to engage and educate agencies and legislators about the midstream industry. Matthew Hite is GPA Midstream's vice president of government affair sand leads GPA Midstream's federal advocacy activities in D.C.
Prior to joining GPA Midstream, Hite served as policy counsel and committee executive to the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 2012. In that role, he handled a variety of environmental issues and also managed the Chamber's Environment and Agriculture Committee, the policymaking body for environment and agriculture issues and initiatives. Before joining the Chamber, he spent close to a decade working on Capitol Hill. Hite was the point person for a number of energy and environmental legislative initiatives in the U.S. Senate and was responsible for vetting and ushering various EPA executive nominees through the committee vetting process.
Visit the GPA Midstream Knowledge Center to view GPA Midstream comments filed with federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Information Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
GPA Midstream has 11 key states in which a large majority of our member companies have operating interests. Each targeted state has its own team and assigned state coordinator. State coordinators are employees of GPA Midstream member companies engaged in legislative activities within their respective states. The coordinators actively monitor legislation within their states and inform the Legislative Committee of issues that may impact GPA Midstream member companies and the midstream industry, as well as identify issues that GPA Midstream should be aware of and involved in. This team coordinates with member companies and elected officials and also coordinates with other committees on crossover functions.
GPA Midstream has retained the services of Kelly McBeth, Texas Energy Lobby, to represent GPA Midstream in the daily activities at the Texas Capitol and Ashley Davis, West Front Strategies, to represent GPA Midstream in Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale Basin.
Any employee of a GPA Midstream member company interested in participating in or learning more about midstream industry legislative activities is welcome and encouraged to join this committee.
GPA Midstream’s Legislative Committee works closely with other groups that may share common goals with our organization, such as the Texas Pipeline Association and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.