Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) received money from seven oil industry groups during his 2014 campaign and is a partner at a company that provides emergency services to oil sites. In the first few days of the legislative session, he has introduced two separate bills to weaken the state’s regulation of the oil industry.
Given he benefits both financially and professionally from the oil industry, we reached out to him about the potential conflict of interest in his legislation.
“You don’t know anything about me,” he replied in an email. “I don’t make any money from spills. These are good for the state.”
Streyle is a partner at Emergency Site Protection, a company with operations in North Dakota that supplies “emergency first responders to oil sites especially in remote locations to help prevent loss of life and property in medical and fire emergencies.”
Streyle’s relationship with the oil industry also includes receiving the following contributions during his most recent campaign, in 2014:
- Continental Resources PAC: $1,000
- Marathon Oil Company Employees PAC: $750
- ND Oil PAC: $1,500
- Newfield PAC: $300
- Tesoro PAC: $400
- Whiting Petroleum: $300
- WPX Energy PAC: $750
This session, he has introduced two bills that benefit the oil industry. One would end the state’s requirement that oil companies report every spill. The second bill would allow certain regulations to be voided if they were found to have “a fiscal impact upon the oil and gas industry which would exceed five hundred thousand dollars.”