The Source Rock Blog

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on July 13, 2018 - 10:20am
As published in the Denver Post on July 13, 2018. Western Energy Alliance welcomes the Outdoor Industry Association and its Outdoor Retailer show to Denver. The oil and natural gas industry is full of outdoor enthusiasts like myself who love to hike, camp, hunt, fish, paddle, climb, etc. We...
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on July 7, 2018 - 10:04am
As originally published in the Pueblo Chieftain on July 7, 2018.Why is air traffic increasingly congested over the Great Sand Dunes National Park? Environmentalists are chartering flights to take reporters over the area as an anti-fossil fuel campaign comes to San Luis Valley. At issue is proposed oil and natural gas leasing...
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on June 26, 2018 - 8:33am

On a recent podcast hosted by acclaimed freestyle skier Lynsey Dyer, the head of the Outdoor Industry Association boasted about talking with groups she disagrees with politically. Amy Roberts, the executive director of the largest trade association...

Tags: public lands
by Guest Blog: Intermountain West Joint Venture on May 14, 2018 - 12:20pm

The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is a self-directed, public-private partnership that supports voluntary, proactive conservation across parts of 11 states in the West. One of the IWJV’s more prominent success stories is that it helped build the capacity for the U.S....

Tags: sage grouse
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 26, 2018 - 1:04pm

The City and County of Boulder and San Miguel County (county seat of Telluride) have joined coastal states and communities by filing lawsuits against oil and natural gas companies regarding climate change.

It’s easy to shake our heads and...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on January 30, 2018 - 9:24am

The Outdoor Retailer convention, a major outdoor recreation industry event, was relocated from Salt Lake City to Denver this year because of differences with Utah officials over monument designations and other public lands issues.

Last Wednesday night before the...

Tags: public lands
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on January 10, 2018 - 8:31am

At the risk of revealing too much about myself, I have to admit that sometimes I go off on tangents.

Such was the case after reading an article in E&E News about the hydraulic fracturing rule withdrawal. A former Interior employee is anonymously quoted as saying, “So I guess my professional life from 2012-14 is being erased.” After pausing to enjoy some Schadenfreude and reflect on how many countless regulatory people in our industry spent years of their professional lives countering the regulatory overreach of thousands of bureaucrats, I exercised the power of social media and...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on December 19, 2017 - 12:51pm

It’s the eighth day of Hanukkah and the week before Christmas. Normally I like to keep things light during the holidays, but I can tell something’s bugging people by the number of times I’ve been forwarded articles about a recent study claiming fracking causes low birth rates.  ...

Tags: fracking
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on December 15, 2017 - 12:06pm

Western Energy Alliance has been supporting efforts to relocate BLM out West and has helped drive that discussion forward. I recently testified before the House Natural Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in a hearing about reorganizing the Department of the Interior (DOI).

Besides showing support for moving the BLM headquarters out West, where 99% of the land and economic impact from public lands are located, I discussed other ideas for DOI reorganization that Secretary Zinke has floated. 


Tags: BLM, Interior
by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on November 21, 2017 - 9:01am

EPA recently announced new appointees to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council (CASAC). The two boards, which are required by law to provide independent advice to EPA, play a valuable role in how the agency collects, interprets, and applies scientific information. While the SAB advises EPA on...

Tags: air quality, EPA


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