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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,...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on July 27, 2016 - 8:45am

Keep It In The Ground protestersThe costs to taxpayers of recent Keep-It-in-the-Ground protests in Colorado are beginning to surface. According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spent $2,500 on overtime pay for the Lakewood Police Department, which...

by Tim Wigley, President on July 13, 2016 - 8:34am
Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege to work with some of our friends in other resource industries. Leaders from oil and natural gas, mining and agriculture have come together because we face similar challenges from government overreach. However, we’re also experiencing success...
by Tim Wigley, President on June 30, 2016 - 11:33am
The staff of Western Energy Alliance recently went on a rig tour in Weld County courtesy of PDC Energy. I love getting out into the field and seeing an operation firsthand and meeting the hardworking men and women working on the front lines. In all of our regulatory and...
by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on June 28, 2016 - 10:13am
Bonanza Creek Coal Fired Powerplant_UtahAfter years of collaboration with the Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8, and the Ute Indian Tribe, we have the first phase of the 2014 Uinta Basin Emissions Inventory. This...

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