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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Overreaching and duplicative regulations should not be repealed because some group might complain.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 role...

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 uses...

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...


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