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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...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on January 8, 2016 - 12:25pm

BuffaloA U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) office is being occupied by armed zealots, and this is what the Department of the Interior, the mother agency of FWS, send out as its weekly update email: “Sparky” the bison hit by lightning in 2013 is still going strong. Really?...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on December 18, 2015 - 7:22am
Stack of RegulationsAs the year draws to a close, the oil and natural gas is glad to be reaching the bottom of a tall stack of new regulations. As we’ve documented, the Administration seems intent on using the regulatory process in a punitive manner toward disfavored industries like coal, oil...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on November 30, 2015 - 8:10am

Recently, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) granted an extension of the comment period for onshore order 4 and reopened onshore order number 3. EPA likewise announced an extension for four rules. While many trades and others had requested extensions to the comment periods, Western Energy Alliance was the only...

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