Advocating for ONEOK includes educating stakeholders about our business and industry, and providing recommendations for policies that support efficient operations and our ability to execute on our capital-growth strategies. This includes understanding the effects various legislative and regulatory policies may have on our business, utilizing ONEOK Employee Political Action Committee (ONEOK Employee PAC) membership and resources and engaging with industry associations.

KEY POLICY ISSUES

Several key policy issues in which we participate include:

  • Pipeline Safety and Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Promoting the safety of employees and the public as well as the integrity of our assets through legislation that improves damage-prevention programs, like One Call, and protects against trespass and intentional damages.
  • Regulatory Oversight: Promoting regulations that support sound operations through reasonable and effective oversight.
  • Taxes: Promoting tax treatment that reflects and supports our business growth and impact.
  • Eminent Domain: Promoting a balance between necessary infrastructure growth and fair compensation for landowners.

Additionally, we engage with federal, state and local public officials associated with our project locations early in the planning and design process to provide accurate, up-to-date information, as well as to establish a connection and support an open dialogue.

 

 

 

ONEOK EMPLOYEE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The ONEOK Employee PAC provides eligible employees the opportunity to engage in policy issues related to our industry through financial contributions to candidates running for public office. Additionally, members of the ONEOK Employee PAC are given opportunities to meet with our Government Relations team and learn more about our business and advocacy efforts, as they are valuable partners in discussions about policy impacts on our business.

The ONEOK Employee PAC’s support of elected officials is strictly nonpartisan. A PAC Contribution Committee of employees reviews and approves all proposed disbursements.

ONEOK does not contribute corporate funds to political candidates but offers employees the opportunity to participate in the political process by contributing to the ONEOK Employee PAC.

The ONEOK Employee PAC is a voluntary fund supported by ONEOK employees who choose to donate their time and money to support candidates running for federal, state and local offices who support the interests of the energy industry and business in general.

A steering committee, made up of five senior management representatives, oversees all decisions and management of the ONEOK Employee PAC. A contribution committee made up of 15 employees from across ONEOK’s operating area oversees and approves all ONEOK Employee PAC contributions to political candidates.

The ONEOK Employee PAC is registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC). It operates independently of any political party and complies with all reporting requirements of the FEC and state and local laws.

Key Industry Associations

ONEOK’s involvement with industry associations, legislative and/or regulatory committees, and other stakeholder groups strengthens our ability to advocate for ONEOK’s interests. Through involvement in these groups, we participate in discussions about policy issues related to our business and provide input from the midstream energy sector.

In 2018, ONEOK was involved in more than 80 association groups in eight states within our operating footprint and Washington, D.C., including:

Washington, D.C.

  • Energy Infrastructure Council
  • Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Legislative Committee and Tax Task Force
  • GPA Midstream Association, including Legislative and Regulatory committees
  • Association of Oil Pipeline’s Legislative Committee
  • American Petroleum Institute

Oklahoma

  • State Chamber of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association-Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association
  • Environmental Federation of Oklahoma

Kansas and Colorado

  • Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
  • Kansas Chamber and Commerce and Industry
  • Kansas Pipeline Association
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Texas and New Mexico

  • Texas Pipeline Association
  • Texas Oil and Gas Association
  • New Mexico Oil and Gas Association

North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming

  • North Dakota Petroleum Council
  • North Dakota One Call Stakeholders Group
  • North Dakota Flaring Task Force
  • North Dakota EmPower Commission
  • Montana One Call Stakeholders Group
  • Montana Petroleum Association
  • Petroleum Association of Wyoming