Government Relations

Crestwood understands building strong relationships with local, state, federal and tribal elected officials and regulators is essential to our continued success. Our government relations team proactively facilitates meaningful dialogue about Crestwood’s operations and potential impacts from proposed policies and regulations. 

Our Approach

In 2021, Crestwood’s opportunities for in-person meetings with elected officials and regulatory agencies remained limited as result of the ongoing pandemic. Thus, similarly to 2020, Crestwood continued to actively leverage its trade association memberships. This allowed us to stay connected with our industry peers and trade representatives, especially during legislative and regulatory sessions.  

External Voice

For more than a decade, a number of local government entities have come together each summer to host a bipartisan team of DC staffers for the purpose of showcasing our region's energy industry. Crestwood has been a valuable partner, providing the staffers with a genuinely welcoming and educational tour of the Bucking Horse facility. We believe the inclusion of the natural gas story is critical to giving our guests a well-rounded experience of our region's abundant resources and how they can continue to power our nation in a clean, affordable way for years to come.

Jennifer Toscana
Communications Manager, City of Gillette

Contributing to the Energy Industry 

Crestwood actively participates in various trade associations across the country. These associations advocate for industry best practices and standards, provide leadership and engagement and increase public awareness of our industry and commitments to the communities where we operate. 

Our Government Affairs team and internal subject matter experts hold leadership positions and serve on various committees to advocate Crestwood’s policy priorities and concerns. Crestwood’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Robert G. Phillips, leads by example through serving on the Board for the Energy Infrastructure Council (EIC) and leading the EIC ESG Working Group with co-chair Alan Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams.  

In December 2020, the  EIC ESG Working Group, in collaboration with GPA Midstream, released the first-ever Midstream ESG Reporting Template. This reporting template is the product of extensive review of best-practice ESG reporting among EIC member companies and the ESG reporting requirements from numerous key stakeholders. In 2021, we focused on wide-spread adoption and enhancing the metrics in the reporting template to provide more rigor as the industry makes progress on its ESG journey. Version 2.0 of the ESG reporting template has been utilized in this reporting cycle.

In addition, in 2021 Mr. Phillips was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Petroleum Council, which advises the U.S. Department of Energy on oil and gas related matters.

Trade Association Memberships

We were proud to be a member of the following trade associations in 2021.

Trade Associations Purpose Our Involvement
NATIONAL
American Trucking Association (ATA) Develops and advocates innovative, research-based policies promoting highway safety, security, environmental sustainability and profitability. ATA educates policymakers and the public about the essential role trucking plays in the economy, promotes responsible policies to improve highway safety and advances the industry’s environmental goals. Active participation by Director, Fleet Maintenance

Energy Infrastructure Council (EIC)

Supports the common interest of companies developing and operating energy infrastructure. EIC promotes core public policy issues critical to the investment in America’s energy infrastructure. It also encourages greater energy independence for the United States, allowing a wide variety of energy products to make their way efficiently and safely from the production fields to American homes, businesses and communities. CEO serves on the Board and Co-Chairs ESG Working Group

GPA Midstream Association (GPA)

Develops standards, conducts industry research, educates the midstream workforce and works with lawmakers and regulators to develop policies promoting a safe and viable midstream industry. GPA provides best practices that increase the efficiency and environmental performance of gas processing facilities, which enhances the sustainability of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil as an energy source. Senior Vice President, Operations serves on the Board
REGIONAL
New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) Promotes the safe and environmentally responsible development of oil and natural gas resources in New Mexico. Representing more than 900 members, NMOGA works with elected officials, community leaders, industry experts and the public to advocate for responsible oil and natural gas policies and increase public understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state. Senior Vice President, Engineering & Project Management will serve as a Co-Chair of the newly formed Midstream Committee
North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) Provides governmental relations support to all aspects of the oil and gas industry including production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota and the Rocky Mountain region. Vice President and Associate General Counsel serves on the Board
Permian Basin Petroleum Association Advocates for the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources across the Permian Basin, and provides education on safety, legislation, regulation and support services for the industry. Manager, Government Affairs active on all committees
Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) Advocates on oil and gas issues related to pro-growth policies, sustainable production, relationship building and environmental stewardship. PAW also provides legal, accounting and consulting services to its members. Vice President and Associate General Counsel serves on the Board
Texas Pipeline Association Advocates on issues related to pipeline safety, environmental regulations, taxation and legislation and is the primary resource for information regarding the Texas pipeline industry. Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer serves on the Board
Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV) GO-WV advocates for public policy that will help promote and protect all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia. It also emphasizes the industry’s positive economic and environmental impact on this state, region and nation. Manager, Government Affairs serves on the Board

Looking Ahead

In 2022, we will aim to: