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by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on September 25, 2017 - 12:04pm

AJ+ media teamed up with the Center for Public Integrity for a video targeting the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) campaign to teach school kids about how oil and natural gas are produced. The misleading story suggests educational materials from OERB are unacceptable and...

Tags: fracking
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on September 1, 2017 - 11:47am

We at Western Energy Alliance, like most Americans, have watched with horror as Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in southeastern Texas. Our thoughts are with the victims, and we like countless others are donating and encouraging others to do so. We have a special connection to Houston as many of our members work and live there. We’ve been impressed with the resilience of Texans and Louisianans as they work together to overcome the damage.

But it was inevitable. Anytime there’s a natural disaster, the media and climate change advocates will use it to spin alarmism about climate...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on August 30, 2017 - 11:43am

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published a study by scientists from the Swiss Federal Research Institute, Montana State University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences that joins the growing body of evidence that natural sources of methane far outpace...

Tags: climate, methane
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 25, 2017 - 9:53am
Overreaching and duplicative regulations should not be repealed because some group might complain. That’s the perplexing logic of a handful of lobbyists, executives and financial analysts cited in the Politico story, “Energy industry wants brakes pumped on regulatory rollbacks."

The few so-called...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 21, 2017 - 1:52pm

August is a heated month. In addition to sweltering temperatures, there are often political conflicts that boil over in local communities across the country. August 2017 seems true to form.

There are a few reasons events can get out of hand this time of year. Namely, lawmakers in Congress...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on July 27, 2017 - 7:32am
Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior recently kicked off the long process of repealing or rescinding methane regulations aimed at oil and natural gas production. Based on their actions so far this year, we know just how environmental...
Tags: EPA, methane
by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on July 17, 2017 - 8:02am

The White House recently held “Energy Week” focusing on the Trump Administration’s energy policies. Increasing domestic production, promoting jobs, and building infrastructure all featured prominently in the administration’s message. One key policy that gained traction is the...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on June 12, 2017 - 8:33am

EPA’s annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory is an estimate of U.S. emissions from a variety of sources and industrial sectors. Methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry represent just 3.1% of the total. However, a new EPA study indicates that one of the assumptions EPA...

Tags: EPA, methane
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on June 2, 2017 - 10:50am
Western Energy Alliance applauds President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The unratified treaty conflicted with the administration’s plans to increase American development of the energy that actually powers the country 

While many, including some large oil and natural gas companies, have urged the President to stay in the treaty, the negative impacts on the United States would have been enormous and amounted to a fundamental reordering of not just energy, but the entire economy. But don’t take my word for it. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on May 24, 2017 - 12:27pm
A few weeks ago, Western Energy Alliance met with Interior Secretary Zinke. It was a typical meeting between a new Interior Secretary and a stakeholder group. All types of stakeholders meet with Interior secretaries–ranching, mining, recreation, tribal, environmental, sportsmen, royalty owners,...
Tags: Zinke

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