Our History

Formed in 1961 by a group of oilmen concerned about the federal government’s growing regulatory role, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) has grown from fewer than twenty members to more than 1,000 member companies. We represent the interests of exploration & production companies, service companies, midstream companies, and support services companies that operate in the Permian Basin.

We are the voice of the Permian Basin petroleum industry. PBPA is the leading advocate for the Permian Basin petroleum industry throughout West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. Our trade association is headquartered in Midland, Texas, with satellite offices in Austin and Santa Fe. PBPA serves the industry as an informed and influential legislative, regulatory, and educational voice in Austin, Santa Fe, and Washington, D.C.

PBPA provides respected educational seminars, access to policy makers, networking opportunities, and important petroleum industry news updates.

The PBPA is built on tradition, and is constantly working toward benefiting the vitality and image of oil and gas companies in the region.

In an industry that is continuously assaulted by media, environmentalists, and government, it is important to develop strong industry alliances. At PBPA, we thrive on the connectivity we maintain throughout our industry and other associated industries. As the leading voice for the oil and gas industry, the PBPA is working for you, and we take great pride in our never-ending efforts to protect Permian Basin companies from potentially harmful legislative and regulatory actions.

PBPA also serves the oil and gas industry by encouraging producers to focus on being good stewards of the environment and contributing to our communities, all while playing a vital role to empower future energy producers of America. The Permian Basin is in a unique position to help sustain our nation’s economic vitality and strengthen our nation’s energy independence.

What can PBPA do for your company?

PBPA has an outstanding track record of representing companies and technological innovators within the Permian Basin. We are the oldest and most effective association in our region. Many of our members have found that by utilizing resources and tools provided by PBPA, they are better equipped to stay on top of important legislative and regulatory issues that directly impact their business. Plus, members create important alliances and networks within the association that leverage key contacts within the oil and gas industry.


The PBPA thrives on member support so that we may advocate for our industry at the highest of levels. On behalf of the association and the PBPA Board of Directors, we urge you to become a member and take part in preserving the livelihood of our industry today!