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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...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on November 13, 2015 - 7:01am
Keep It In The Ground protesterUsing every avenue available to protest fossil fuel development, national environmental groups are now organizing protests of routine oil and natural gas lease auctions held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). About 50 people gathered early Thursday morning at the BLM...
by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on November 4, 2015 - 8:56am
A new report from the Office of Management and Budget puts into stark context just how big EPA’s regulatory overreach has become.

EPA regulations from 2004 to 2014 have come with an annual price tag of $37.6 billion to $45.4 billion dollars, over three times higher than the next highest agency, the Department of Transportation. This figure looms even larger when you consider that it doesn’t include the Clean Power Plan, Waters of the US, EPA’s new Methane rules, the 2015 ozone standard, and others.


Tags: overreach
by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on October 27, 2015 - 11:50am

courtroomFor the past two years, we’ve documented how environmental groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and WildEarth Guardians (WEG), have employed the “Sue-and-Settle” tactic to force the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to make Endangered Species Act listing decisions. Their...

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by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on October 16, 2015 - 7:11am
“The goal is to continue the energy-fueled way of life that people enjoy but through expanded use of renewable sources. It can be done.” Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star 

This comment sums up a many of the reactions we received from people during the Fossil Fuel Free Week. Frankly this isn’t surprising, but at the same time these types of comments are quite revealing.

The underlying assumption is doing away with fossil fuels simply means converting our energy supply to renewable sources. This shows a common misunderstanding of the variety of ways fossil fuels are used. Oil and natural...

Tags: fossil fuels
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on September 28, 2015 - 10:35am

You’ve got to love environmental activists. They protest against items they benefit from every day. Take this picture for example. It turns out the key ingredient to environmental protests is fossil fuels.  

Let’s explore this group of anti-fracking, anti-fossil fuel protesters.

Tags: fossil fuels


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