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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
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 27, 2017 - 1:27pm

Last Friday, Western Wire published an article exposing an April 19thletter to the editor by Andrew O’Connor published in the Boulder Daily Camera that called for blowing up wells and violence against industry workers. O’Connor is pushing an anti-fracking ballot initiative...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 17, 2017 - 8:11am

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 whiplash created was illustrative.




Tags: BLM, overreach, Trump
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 3, 2017 - 12:16pm

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...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on March 22, 2017 - 8:29am

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.

The group created an online form letter for its supporters to send to Congress urging lawmakers to vote against overturning BLM’s rule. The page begins, “2016 was the hottest year on record—...

Tags: BLM, flaring, venting
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on March 9, 2017 - 3:06pm

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...

Tags: BLM, methane


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