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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...

by Tim Wigley, President on June 9, 2015 - 10:33am
Hydraulic Fracturing in UtahLast week, we had an exciting legal victory as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Western Energy Alliance and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and ruled against environmental litigants. While we’re often Fighting the Overreach of federal agencies, in...
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on June 5, 2015 - 7:30am
Continuing on with the “Help From My Friends” series examining sage-grouse science that’s supposedly peer reviewed, it’s increasingly clear that federal agencies are pointing the finger at oil and natural gas as a major impact on the species and proposing very severe restrictions instead of facing all too real threats. 

As we’ve delved into the science and data behind the agencies’ assumptions through Freedom of Information Act and Data Quality Act challenges,...

by Tim Wigley, President on June 2, 2015 - 7:53am
Support is strong among likely voters for Congress to overturn the crude oil export ban, with majorities across political parties in favor of repeal.

As I highlighted in an earlier post on our recent national survey, the public is engaged on issues impacting the oil and natural gas industry, especially on exports.

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by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on May 26, 2015 - 10:26am

Today’s “Help From My Friends” segment on scientific peer reviews comes focuses on Steve Knick, a U.S. Geological Survey employee. He’s very influential on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fish & Wildlife (FWS) “science” teams that are determining the one-size-fits-all restrictions on federal lands across 11 states with sage grouse habitat. 

Knick is the lead author of a study that’s...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on May 15, 2015 - 8:10am

In our “Help From My Friends” series, we'll explore the breakdown of the peer review process in the science being used by federal agencies for endangered species listing decisions, specifically as it relates to the Greater Sage-Grouse.

In this case, “peer review,” normally a rigorous, scientific process, is spin for asking somebody in a close circle of friends to approve your work. It...

by Tim Wigley, President on May 13, 2015 - 5:10am
CheckmarkWhen I arrived at the Alliance over three years ago, one of the first things I wanted to do was to get a sense of how the average American felt about domestic energy development. What did they know or not know? Did they have faith in the way we develop energy? What were their concerns and how could we address them?

I’m pleased to report that Western Energy...

by Tim Wigley, President on May 4, 2015 - 2:48pm
Spring is in full swing, and we’re already knee deep in the regulatory onslaught.

So far this year, Western Energy Alliance has engaged in rulemaking on a new ozone standard, another round of Quad O air regulations, and greenhouse gas reporting, and now the Resource Management Plan amendments (RMPA) are hitting.

We’ve filed a lawsuit along with Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) fracking rule, challenged the science on sage grouse, and formally objected to Forest Plans in the White River National Forest and Pawnee National...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 30, 2015 - 11:21am
Kathleen SgammaTestifying in the Senate this week on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final fracking rule, I stressed that the agency has finalized a costly rule with no justification in the form of real environmental benefit.

BLM’s rule will regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands nationwide, yet the agency...

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on April 23, 2015 - 7:59am

This week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, which empowers states to continue managing Greater Sage-Grouse while providing them time to show the Fish & Wildlife Service that their conservation efforts are effective. The Act is a common-sense way to ensure the protection of the species without harming the western economy and job creation....

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