API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick condemned the dangerous tactics taken by extremists to illegally shut off several cross border pipelines.
“We are deeply concerned about the dangerous efforts by professional agitators to shut off pipelines as their actions present significant risk to human life, communities and the environment,” said Rorick. “These extremists do not seem to realize that their actions could harm the environment they are trying to protect and harm human life including their own.
“Safety is our industry’s core value and any illegal, dangerous effort to undermine safety in any of our operations should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“This criminal conduct is not an attack on American energy, it’s an attack on communities who rely on affordable and reliable oil and natural gas which make up more than 60 percent of the energy we consume in the United States. Consumers last year saved over $500 at the pump from increased American energy production.
“These extreme tactics harm American workers building America’s 21st century infrastructure apparatus. And efforts to try and disrupt energy delivery systems could also harm the environment as our nation is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions which are near 20-year lows.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.