The California Natural Gas Producers Association (CNGPA) was formed in 2000 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA). As a non-profit trade association, CNGPA's primary purpose is to represent and increase awareness at the state level about California's independent natural gas producers. Members of the CNGPA are also given full membership in CIPA at no additional cost. Founded in 1976, CIPA is a non-profit, non-partisan trade association dedicated to representing the interests of independent oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies operating in California. An independent producer is a non-integrated company that exclusively pulls oil or gas out of the ground and is not engaged in the refining, marketing, or retailing of petroleum products.
CIPA and the CNGPA represent the diverse interests of its membership before the California State Legislature, the United States Congress and numerous federal, state and local regulatory agencies. The association advocates free market principles, eliminating duplicative regulation, stimulating recovery of domestic petroleum resources and improving the industry's public image. Both CIPA and CNGPA welcome all individuals and companies with an interest in maintaining the viability of California's independent producers to join its ranks.