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by Kathleen Sgamma, President on December 7, 2016 - 8:43am

I don’t think anyone was surprised by the fact that the Obama Administration caved into the No DAPL protests on Sunday when the Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the last bit of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to go under Lake Oahe. Dismayed that the rule of law...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on November 23, 2016 - 10:03am

Thanksgiving is a day away, and that inevitably means talking politics. As family and friends gather, I expect there will be strong emotions shared about the recent election.

The state of play in politics today reminds me of David Bowie’s song Changes:

Turn and face the strange
Just gonna have to be a different man

The nation and our industry are in a state of transition, and it might feel strange to many people we know. The Obama administration is feverishly working to put the finishing touches on...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on November 15, 2016 - 7:17am
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Two days after Donald Trump’s election victory, environmental regulators in Wyoming debunked one of the biggest claims of anti-oil and gas activists: That hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – contaminated drinking water in Pavillion, Wyoming, a small town of roughly 240 people. 

For years, anti-fracking activists have cited Pavillion’s plight over and over again as proof that hydraulic fracturing must be banned. Josh Fox,...

Tags: BLM, EPA, fracking, water
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on November 8, 2016 - 7:12am
Has government use of social media turned into covert propaganda? In light of an investigation by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes.

Barack Obama came into office as the “social media president” after effectively using online communications during his campaign. So it’s understandable the president pushed the use of social media within federal agencies, and it makes sense given the increasing reliance by the public. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube have become primary sources of news.

According to a recent GAO report, federal agencies...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on October 6, 2016 - 11:59am

Studies Show Natural Causes, Not Industry, Increase Methane Emissions 

A funny thing happened on the way to solving climate change…natural gas proved to be the most effective solution. Natural gas has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than any government program, international treaty, subsidized renewable energy, or other orthodox...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on September 26, 2016 - 10:53am

Energy policy is very much part of the discussion this election cycle. It’s encouraging to see candidates are pro-actively addressing issues facing our industry even as environmental groups and others press the candidates.

Today’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on September 20, 2016 - 8:35am
Keep It In The Ground protestersWho could be opposed to a more efficient and innovative government? Only the most extreme environmental activists, and that’s exactly what we’re witnessing this week as the Bureau of Land Management holds its first online auction for oil and natural gas leases on public lands.

The agency is using decades...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, and Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on September 14, 2016 - 3:05pm

In a recent episode of JEOPARDY!, host Alex Trebek waded into fracking misinformation hot water with a question implying methane emissions from fracking. The premise to the question falsely stated that “mucho methane” is released during hydraulic fracturing.

It turns out that...

by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on August 24, 2016 - 12:45pm

EPA Uses Revisionist History, Ignores Recent Studies

Perhaps the oil and natural gas industry has become a victim of its own success. In the face of an onslaught of new methane regulations, Western Energy Alliance has pointed repeatedly to industry’s success in reducing methane emissions...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on August 11, 2016 - 9:41am
Western Energy Alliance Files Lawsuit Challenging BLM’s Failure to Hold Lease Sales

Bill McKibbenEver since President Obama handed a major victory to the environmental lobby by stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, Big Green needed a new fight. The answer was the Keep-It-in-the-Ground movement,...


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