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by Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance on February 27, 2019 - 8:48am

Few members of the public realize it, but the oil and natural gas industry has been the major source of funding for conservation for decades. The most obvious is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded by a portion of offshore oil and natural gas royalties. The original intention of the LWCF...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on February 6, 2019 - 11:17am

A few years ago, we communicated with several craft breweries who had supported anti-fracking rallies and/or an anti-industry campaign by WildEarth Guardians (WEG). We sent polite letters and started a dialogue. Several removed their names from WEG’s anti-energy list as a result...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on December 4, 2018 - 8:11am

The news out of France wasn’t just about stopping the carnage after weeks of violent protests and vandalism. And it wasn’t just an embarrassing cave-in by previously high-flying President Emmanuel Macron. It was a huge statement by average citizens clad in the yellow...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 27, 2018 - 1:39pm
As printed for the Montana Petroleum Association Treasure State Journal

“Are you KIDDING me?? You want to RESCIND the methane rule? Who ARE you?,” wrote one person anonymously to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this spring. Another commented, “The BLM should be restricting toxic methane emissions, not encouraging them. Honor our laws and the regulations that spring from them.”

Predictably, these points of view dominated the 223,585 public comments submitted to BLM on plans to revise the venting and flaring rule. The comments reflect the deepening lack of understanding around...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on August 21, 2018 - 12:17pm

We’ve already seen companies like New Belgium Brewery and Patagonia fund anti-fracking environmental groups and activities. And of course the Outdoor Industry Association and many of its members are advocating against responsible oil and natural gas development on public lands.  

But Bank of the West took it up a notch earlier this month with a social media post that kicked off a major campaign. The Craig Press reported that the original Facebook post said “We've made the decision to take action; we will no longer fund tobacco, coal, fracking, or Arctic drilling." But then the post...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 7, 2018 - 2:52pm

Last time the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was updated was 1988, back when George Michael’s Faith topped Billboard’s chart and Die Hard led the box office. Fast forward three decades and momentum is building in Washington to modernize the Act. In the last month a host...
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

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