API President and CEO Jack Gerard called on members of the U.S. Senate to approve the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Smart regulation provides necessary certainty for robust U.S. energy investments that ensure America has the energy it needs now and in the future to increase national security, grow the economy, improve the trade imbalance and further environmental progress,” said Gerard. “Andrew Wheeler knows the important role that natural gas and oil plays in the daily life of every American and will work to further a smarter, science-based regulatory agenda. His career experience on federal regulatory and legislative issues will prove to be a valued asset to EPA. We encourage the Senate to put Andrew to work at EPA soon and move quickly on other well-qualified nominees.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry.