Source Rock Blog: public lands

by Jay Ottoson, Chairman on August 27, 2015 - 7:50am
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by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on August 26, 2015 - 8:47am
With a listing decision on the Greater Sage-Grouse looming in September, we received good news last week when the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) released its 2015 population update. The study found a 63% increase in the population over the last two years, with a total breeding population of 424,645. WAFWA’s data are encouraging for showing that states, counties, private landowners, industries, conservation groups and others are effectively protecting sage grouse. WAFWA also found that the population in core areas, where the highest density of sage grouse...
by Jack Ekstrom, Chairman on August 11, 2015 - 7:50am
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 30, 2015 - 8:42am
With the recent agreement between Iran and a coalition of the U.S., European allies, Russia and China aimed at delaying Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, President Obama is poised to put the finishing touches on his foreign policy legacy. In return for closer international inspections of nuclear facilities, Iran would enjoy a significant easing of economic sanctions, including the resumption of oil sales on the world market.Meanwhile, back in the United States, a 1970’s-era law, passed in reaction to the Arab oil embargo, remains in place. Based on the idea that oil is scare, the law...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 7, 2015 - 12:31pm
There’s something distasteful about companies that try to use the regulatory process for monetary gain. Rather than competing in a free market on the strength of their products and services, some companies turn to the government to try to get a leg up on their competitors.One recent example is the newly created Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES), headed by a staffer of former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). As reported by Morning Consult, the organization consists of seven member companies in the “methane mitigation industry.” The article lists two, FLIR Systems Inc., which...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 2, 2015 - 6:50am
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on June 24, 2015 - 12:45pm
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by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on June 18, 2015 - 1:28pm
Concluding our analysis of the scientific peer-review process in our “Help from My Friends” series, we highlight a group of 11 scientists.Earlier this spring, this group of scientists sent a letter criticizing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for not doing enough to protect Greater Sage-Grouse because the agencies aren’t implementing specific policies that these scientists have advocated for.Their preferred policies include closing unspecified lands to mining and energy development, applying conditions to existing leases, imposing 3% disturbance caps...
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on June 11, 2015 - 2:20pm
We return to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Monograph, which we highlighted in Part 1 of our series on the breakdown of peer reviews in science. This report on the Greater Sage-Grouse is a highly influential document that serves as the “bible” of science, as far as the Interior Department is concerned. It was cited 174 times in the 2010 Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) warranted but precluded decision. However, the Monograph is rife with errors and selectively cites a small group of scientist-advocates to advance the narrative that oil and natural gas development is causing...

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