OREANDA-NEWS. The American Petroleum Institute today announced Peter Langley as the new executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan (API-Michigan).

“Langley will focus on energy priorities in the state, including generating more opportunities for economic benefits, and creating jobs in Michigan,” said API Senior Director of State Government Relations Rolf Hanson. “He has been dedicated to developing key policy issues on behalf of Michigan voters over the past half-decade and understands the benefits that energy development and investment in infrastructure can bring to the state for decades to come.”

A Michigan native and graduate of Northern Michigan University, Langley most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. Previously, he served in the Senate Majority Policy Office, overseeing staff to prepare legislative analyses for the Senate Majority Caucus and working with Caucus members, the State Departments and stakeholders in developing legislation as it was negotiated through final passage. Langley earned his Juris Doctor in 2007 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. 

“The United States is now an energy superpower, leading the world in oil and natural gas production,” said Langley. “Enormous supplies of clean, affordable natural gas made possible by hydraulic fracturing have allowed natural gas to produce much more of American’s electricity. This has been the largest contributor to the U.S. leading the world in reducing carbon emissions. Sharing this message will be a critical piece of our advocacy efforts.”

API-Michigan is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 650 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.