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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 30, 2015 - 8:42am

With the recent agreement between Iran and a coalition of the U.S., European allies, Russia and China aimed at delaying Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, President Obama is poised to put the finishing touches on his foreign policy legacy. In return for closer international inspections of nuclear facilities, Iran would enjoy a significant easing of economic sanctions, including the resumption of oil sales on the world market.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, a 1970’s-era law, passed in reaction to the Arab oil embargo, remains in place. Based on the idea that oil is scare, the...

by Megan Garvey, Environmental Policy Advisor, QEP Resources on July 27, 2015 - 7:24am
EWI Case Studies ReportA number of Western Energy Alliance member companies are part of a separate, collaborative effort, to study, communicate and improve lifecycle water use and management in onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production – the Energy Water Initiative (or “EWI...
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by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 17, 2015 - 11:33am
Red Tape Nation HoopsFor once bureaucratic delay has worked in our favor! Last week, Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Skavdahl granted the government’s request for more time to file the administrative record on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. The new date is now August 28th...
by Tim Wigley, President on July 8, 2015 - 12:06pm
Beer GlassSome people–or businesses–just never learn! They want to have it both ways on the environment: support radical anti-oil and natural gas activist groups to appear “green” in the eyes of customers, yet make products that depend upon that very same oil and natural gas.

The most prominent...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 7, 2015 - 12:31pm
There’s something distasteful about companies that try to use the regulatory process for monetary gain. Rather than competing in a free market on the strength of their products and services, some companies turn to the government to try to get a leg up on their competitors.

One recent example is the newly created Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES), headed by a staffer of former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). As reported by Morning Consult, the organization consists of seven member companies in the “methane mitigation industry.” The article lists two, FLIR Systems Inc., which...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on July 2, 2015 - 6:50am
The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service dumped 14 land use plan amendments with Greater Sage-Grouse (GrSG) amendments on the West on May 28th, giving counties, ranchers, industries, conservation groups, other stakeholders and the general public just 30 days to comb through more...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on June 24, 2015 - 12:45pm
courtroomYesterday, IPAA and Western Energy Alliance were joined in court by the states of North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah to argue for a preliminary injunction of BLM’s hydraulic fracking rule. The judge ordered a stay of the rule, originally intended to go into effect today, until he can review the full...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on June 22, 2015 - 7:29am
Rolling Stone Story Spread“I Speak for the Dead Babies” That’s an actual statement from Rolling Stone reporter Paul Solotaroff, who grew frustrated over our 20-minute conversation in which I calmly explained the science of air quality in the Uinta Basin, the findings of the state...
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on June 18, 2015 - 1:28pm

Concluding our analysis of the scientific peer-review process in our “Help from My Friends” series, we highlight a group of 11 scientists.

Earlier this spring, this group of scientists sent a letter criticizing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for not doing enough to protect Greater Sage-Grouse because the agencies aren’t implementing specific policies that these...

by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on June 11, 2015 - 2:20pm

We return to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Monograph, which we highlighted in Part 1 of our series on the breakdown of peer reviews in science. 

This report on the Greater Sage-Grouse is a highly influential document that serves as the “bible” of science, as far as the Interior Department is concerned. It was cited 174 times in the 2010 Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) warranted but precluded...

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