The Source Rock Blog

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on February 16, 2017 - 8:54am

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) recently put out a Myth v. Fact paper on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) venting and flaring rule. Western Energy Alliance would like to debunk a few additional myths.

Misinformation originates from a study by ICF International  commissioned...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on February 1, 2017 - 10:02am
Given Western Energy Alliance’s status as a plaintiff against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) venting and flaring rule, our opposition to it comes as no surprise. The rule clearly usurps air quality regulatory authority that rightly resides...
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on January 20, 2017 - 1:41pm
The inauguration is complete and Donald Trump is president. Addressing the nation from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, he pointedly spoke about returning control of the government to the people and spurring job growth by reducing federal bureaucracy.  ...
Tags: Trump
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on January 10, 2017 - 2:32pm

courtroomAs Woody Allen once said, 80% of life is showing up. While I might put that percentage a bit lower, it certainly does give you a whole different perspective to actually be in the court room and listen carefully to all the details, analyze the body language of counsel for both sides, and...

Tags: BLM, flaring
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on January 9, 2017 - 2:17pm
Environmental activist group kicked off 2017 with protests of president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees. Organizers targeted the state offices of senators who will soon hold hearings and votes on nominees to head the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency...
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on December 8, 2016 - 11:57am

Keep-It-in-the-Ground activists were sparse in Denver at today’s planned protest. Not even a dozen showed up. The fact it was 11 degrees outside with snow on the ground may have been the cause. After all, it’s hard to convince people to protest oil and natural gas when your teeth are rattling...

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...


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