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Inventorying Congressional Action Thus Far

While the news is focused on protests, healthcare and Russia investigations, there is good news for the western oil and natural gas industry. Congress has begun rolling back federal regulatory overreach from the previous administration and laid the groundwork for additional reforms. It’s worth taking inventory of the first seven months of the legislative session.

Who Knew a Coal Seam Could Be So Newsworthy?

On the last day of March, BLM replaced the banner picture on its home page with a picture of an 80-foot coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine. The response was illustrative of how the media and public are conditioned to believe that public land agencies are about conservation and not about multiple uses like energy development, mining, ranching, and timber.

A Changed Regulatory Environment: Next Steps after the Trump Energy Independence Executive Order

Optimism abounds in the oil and natural gas industry since November 9th when Donald Trump unexpectedly won election. Like any industry, ours is a diverse one with all political viewpoints. But it was no secret that the Obama Administration was hostile to our industry and used regulatory overreach to make American development and production of oil and natural gas more difficult. The optimism results from not having four more years of a hostile regulatory environment, and the chance to overturn the redundant federal regulatory overreach that went far beyond reasonable oversight of oil and natural gas.

Fuzzy Math: EDF Edition

As the Senate weighs Congressional Review Act action on the BLM venting and flaring rule, activist groups like EDF have reached new levels in their campaign to save BLM’s disastrously expensive and ill-conceived rule. In its latest plea for action, EDF features what can only be described as creative writing in its completely unsupported claims about methane and the oil and natural gas industry.

An Impending Lawsuit Tsunami Under Pres. Trump

The political strategy for environmental activist groups during the Trump Administration is clear–more protests and more lawsuits. It was therefore not surprising this week that environmental groups held multiple conference calls with reporters announcing intentions to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for rolling back overreaching regulations from President Obama’s term.

Full Report from Casper

United States District Court for the District of Wyoming held a hearing Friday to consider a preliminary injunction against BLM's rule to control venting and flaring of methane from oil and natural gas production. Suits were brought by Western Energy Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and the states of Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The trade associations and states request the court delay BLM’s January 17th implementation of the rule, which falls three days before the Trump Administration takes office.

Political Reality for Environmental Activists

Environmental activist group 350.org kicked off 2017 with protests of president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees. To gauge the level of support for this effort, it’s important to look at the past. It turns out 2016 was a dismal year for environmental groups across the West. We’ve compiled a list of some of the many setbacks environmentalists endured.

The Incredible Shivering Protest

Keep-It-in-the-Ground activists were sparse in Denver at today’s planned protest. Not even a dozen showed up. The fact it was 11 degrees outside with snow on the ground may have been the cause. After all, it’s hard to convince people to protest oil and natural gas when your teeth are rattling. It’s far more comfortable to stay at home where your natural gas-powered furnace keeps you warm.

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