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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 29, 2016 - 9:14am

fuzzy mathBLM’s proposed venting and flaring rule is the administration’s latest regulation targeting oil and natural gas production. BLM’s proposal suffers from wide-ranging problems including jurisdictional overreach into air quality, technologically infeasible requirements, and implementation costs...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 18, 2016 - 9:36am

In a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining on the Bureau of Land Management’s venting and flaring rule, Senator Al Franken felt compelled to use his five minutes of allotted time for questions...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 14, 2016 - 2:56pm
Today, I had the privilege of testifying before Senate committee Energy and Natural Resource Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining in a hearing on the flawed venting and flaring rule proposed by the Bureau of Land Management.

As noted before, the...

by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on April 11, 2016 - 2:36pm
Computer models are powerful tools, but as the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out” and models of the Social Cost of Methane (SCM) are no exceptions. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane rules rely heavily on the SCM to show a benefit. Now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is...
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on March 28, 2016 - 7:32am
Keep Calm and Frack OnThe Keep-It-in-the-Ground movement was created after Keystone XL protesters won that battle and needed something else to occupy their time. Many have turned their attention to protesting quarterly Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sales, and they’re revved up for...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on March 2, 2016 - 1:26pm

Denver methane hearingYesterday, BLM held a hearing on its proposed venting and flaring rule. Western Energy Alliance delivered comments at the hearing, along with 91 others. Industry speakers were outnumbered roughly nine to one, but what we lacked in quantity, we made up in quality.

Western Energy Alliance emphasized that...

by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on February 29, 2016 - 1:25pm

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the midst of holding outreach meetings for the public to weigh in on its recently proposed venting and
flaring rule, and so far they are a bit of a spectacle.

Designed to address flaring and methane emissions from oil and natural gas production on public...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on February 23, 2016 - 3:31pm
Today, Nevada voters hold their presidential primary for the Republican Party, and last weekend was the Democrats’ turn. Nevada is unique among the early primary states because it’s a western state and, therefore, has significant public lands. More than 80% of Nevada is owned by the federal government. As a result, the candidates have begun addressing issues of access, development and the transfer of public lands.

We compiled a brief list of recent statements as well as legislative and voting records of most candidates, where applicable. I hope you will take a close look at their position...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on February 22, 2016 - 8:59am
Ever since President Obama handed a major victory to the environmental lobby by denying TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Big Green needed a new fight. The answer, announced within weeks, was the Keep-It-in-the-Ground movement, aimed at not developing any oil, natural...
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on February 11, 2016 - 2:37pm

Keep It In The Ground BLM LakewoodBetter Call Saul, the fictional TV series about a sleazeball lawyer, is apparently being confused as a tutorial by Keep–It-in-the-Ground protesters. Their stunts at recent anti-oil and natural gas protests could be mistaken for clips from the show’s...

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