Independent Petroleum Association of America

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The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) is a lobbying group for oil and gas producers in the United States.[1]


It was founded on June 10, 1929, by President Herbert Hoover.[2][3][4] It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.[2]

In 2019, Politico reported that the group spends more than $1 million per year on lobbying activities.[1] The group disdained the policies of the Obama administration, with IPAA vice president Jeff Eshelman saying in a leaked recording that Obama administration had a "target list of everything that they wanted done to shut down the oil and gas industry."[1] The group approved of the Trump administration's policies, with IPAA CEO Barry Russell boasting in a leaked recording that the IPAA had "unprecedented access to people that are in these positions who are trying to help us, which is great."[1]

In 2012, it produced the documentary Truthland, a response to Gasland.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Williams, Lance. "Recording Reveals Oil Industry Execs Laughing at Trump Access". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
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  3. ^ BusinessWeek
  4. ^ Official website, Our History
  5. ^ Ben Wolfgang, Fracking wars hit the silver screen with supporters’ film ‘Truthland’, The Washington Times, June 13, 2012