Source Rock Blog: red tape

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 17, 2015 - 11:33am
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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...
by Tim Wigley, President on June 9, 2015 - 10:33am
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on June 5, 2015 - 7:30am
Continuing on with the “Help From My Friends” series examining sage-grouse science that’s supposedly peer reviewed, it’s increasingly clear that federal agencies are pointing the finger at oil and natural gas as a major impact on the species and proposing very severe restrictions instead of facing all too real threats. As we’ve delved into the science and data behind the agencies’ assumptions through Freedom of Information Act and Data Quality Act challenges, we’ve noticed a seemingly willful effort to downplay the impacts of natural predators to the sage grouse.With Friends Like That......
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on May 26, 2015 - 10:26am
Today’s “Help From My Friends” segment on scientific peer reviews comes focuses on Steve Knick, a U.S. Geological Survey employee. He’s very influential on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fish & Wildlife (FWS) “science” teams that are determining the one-size-fits-all restrictions on federal lands across 11 states with sage grouse habitat. Knick is the lead author of a study that’s being heavily relied on by the agency teams, despite the obvious bias of the study with the title Teetering on the Edge or Too Late?... The study is being used by BLM and FWS as justification for...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on May 15, 2015 - 8:10am
In our “Help From My Friends” series, we'll explore the breakdown of the peer review process in the science being used by federal agencies for endangered species listing decisions, specifically as it relates to the Greater Sage-Grouse.In this case, “peer review,” normally a rigorous, scientific process, is spin for asking somebody in a close circle of friends to approve your work. It seemingly doesn’t involve critical review from unbiased sources meant to ensure the quality and accuracy of the work. The examples that follow in this series are tidbits from our Greater Sage-Grouse Data Quality...

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