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by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on June 19, 2019 - 11:59am

In case you missed it, Western Wire, a project of the Alliance, had the opportunity to interview Interior Secretary David Bernhardt while he was in Colorado last week for a two-part series. In part one, Sec. Bernhardt said media reports indicating Denver was “more likely” to land the headquaters of the Bureau of Land Managment than other cities was an oversimplification of a process the Interior Department is conducting in evaluating the agency's potential relocation. Here's the complete story:

EXCLUSIVE: Bernhardt Talks BLM Relocation, Oil And Gas Permitting At Western Governors’...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on June 19, 2019 - 9:08am

Politicians promising to shut down public lands to oil and natural gas development have it all wrong, that is if they’re serious about conservation. The 0.07 percent of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) public lands leased for oil and gas production can and...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on May 22, 2019 - 8:46am

It’s commencement season, and there’s usually mischief afoot with speaker controversies and disinvitations. But what stood out to me last weekend were two commencement speeches and their contrasting visions.

First was Denver native and wealthiest African-American Robert Smith’s speech to...

Tags: climate
by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on May 16, 2019 - 12:18pm

WildEarth Guardians (WEG) and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are the two most litigious groups when it comes to our western oil and natural gas issues. Sure, there are other environmental groups, like Western Watersheds and the Sierra Club,...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on April 18, 2019 - 10:36am

It was absolutely devastating to see Notre Dame up in flames this week. I remember being just as shocked and dismayed to see the Taliban destroy 1,700-year-old Buddhist statues after taking over much of Afghanistan. Not only is it horrifying to see two such important expressions of...

by Tripp Parks, Manager of Government Affairs on April 16, 2019 - 7:18am

In a blog post short on facts but filled with pie-in-the-sky campaign dreams, Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) outlined her plan for public lands should she be elected president in 2020. First and foremost: a moratorium on all new BLM leasing for oil and natural gas...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on March 21, 2019 - 10:31am

Or How a #FakeNews Narrative is Born

This week, the D.C. District Court ruled that BLM did not conduct adequate greenhouse gas analysis under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming. While Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on March 13, 2019 - 11:44am

This week in the U.S. House, the new majority hit pause after holding 15 hearings about climate change to discuss energy policies at federal agencies. Appearing before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Development was the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Deputy...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on February 27, 2019 - 8:48am

Few members of the public realize it, but the oil and natural gas industry has been the major source of funding for conservation for decades. The most obvious is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded by a portion of offshore oil and natural gas royalties. The original intention of the LWCF...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on February 6, 2019 - 11:17am

A few years ago, we communicated with several craft breweries who had supported anti-fracking rallies and/or an anti-industry campaign by WildEarth Guardians (WEG). We sent polite letters and started a dialogue. Several removed their names from WEG’s anti-energy list as a result...

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