Source Rock Blog: red tape

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...
by Tim Wigley, President on May 13, 2015 - 5:10am
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by Tim Wigley, President on May 4, 2015 - 2:48pm
Spring is in full swing, and we’re already knee deep in the regulatory onslaught.So far this year, Western Energy Alliance has engaged in rulemaking on a new ozone standard, another round of Quad O air regulations, and greenhouse gas reporting, and now the Resource Management Plan amendments (RMPA) are hitting.We’ve filed a lawsuit along with Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) fracking rule, challenged the science on sage grouse, and formally objected to Forest Plans in the White River National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands. We...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 30, 2015 - 11:21am
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 23, 2015 - 7:59am
This week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, which empowers states to continue managing Greater Sage-Grouse while providing them time to show the Fish & Wildlife Service that their conservation efforts are effective. The Act is a common-sense way to ensure the protection of the species without harming the western economy and job creation.[[{"fid":"1850","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_tags[und]":"","media_title[und][0...
by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on April 20, 2015 - 7:40am
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