The Alliance

About Western Energy Alliance

Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS), is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 300 companies, headquartered in 25 states in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces, engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production (E&P) of oil and natural gas in the West.

Western Energy Alliance represents independent E&P producers and associated companies. Independents are considered the “upstream” segment of the industry that sells oil and natural gas at the wellhead and does not own refineries or retail gasoline stations. The majority of independent producers are small businesses. According to the Manhattan Institute, there are 20,000 independent operators with an average of fewer than 15 employees.


  • Drill 94% of onshore oil and gas wells and account for 65% of onshore natural gas production and 54% of onshore oil production
  • Support almost 4 million direct, indirect and induced jobs, 3% of the total U.S. workforce
  • Generate $131 billion in annual federal and state taxes
  • Contribute $579 billion or 4% of U.S. GDP.

Western Energy Alliance supports policy reform that encourages job growth, investment and timely access to Western federal lands in order to turn our enormous energy and economic potential into reality through responsible development of America’s abundant Western oil and natural gas.

Western Energy Alliance takes pride in its reputation as the industry source of credible, accurate information on oil and natural gas issues in the West. Congress, the media, as well as industry employees across the region know they can turn to the Alliance to better understand the many issues affecting our Western communities.

The Alliance is comprised of an outstanding professional staff, active working committees, and a committed board of directors who collaborate as advocates for independent oil and natural gas operating in the Intermountain West.