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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...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on February 2, 2016 - 12:02pm

venting and flaring natural gasThe Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed venting and flaring rule is a classic case of penny wise and pound foolish. Claiming the rule is necessary to collect an additional $17 million in royalties annually, BLM is imposing a rule with a total cost...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on January 27, 2016 - 6:38am

Arches National ParkIf you were a group with “wilderness” in your name, you would think you’d at least seriously consider a legislative discussion draft that proposes to conserve 4.3 million acres in Utah, including nearly 2.3 million acres of wilderness, 1.8 million acres of...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on January 20, 2016 - 7:41am
venting and flaring natural gasThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed new regulations that mandate stricter controls on natural gas venting and flaring. Western Energy Alliance supports the goal of capturing greater quantities of associated gas and reducing waste gas, but a...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on January 15, 2016 - 11:04am

Keep It In The Ground protester

The stories of NRDC, the Sierra Club and other members of the environmental lobby basically writing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations are well known. Now the Interior Department seems to be doing the same.

In a blockbuster announcement that...

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