The Source Rock Blog

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on September 22, 2015 - 12:48pm

What is it about people that leads many to disparage what clearly works well? There are those who advocate homeopathy as a corrective to modern medicine, even though it has more than doubled life expectancy since the 1850s. There are the anti-vaxxers who shun vaccinations that have largely...

Tags: fossil fuels
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on September 17, 2015 - 9:31am
Fossil Fuel Free ChallengeThe upswing in environmental activism and new regulations in 2015 is no coincidence. As President Obama’s administration nears its end, the window is closing for fossil fuel opponents to easily constrict access to productive resources, particularly oil and...
Tags: fossil fuels
by Aaron Johnson, Manager of Communications on September 15, 2015 - 10:17am

Fossil Fuel Free ChallengeOver the years, we’ve witnessed numerous protests against fossil fuels–anti-fracking rallies, demonstrations against Keystone XL and other pipelines and rail transport, the divestiture movement, and kayaktivists against arctic drilling. It’s time to put words into...

Tags: fossil fuels
by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on August 31, 2015 - 10:46am
As ran in The Hill's Congress Blog on Aug. 28, 2015.

With the announcement earlier this month of the Clean Power Plan, the War on Coal is officially over. The casualties in Appalachia, Northwest Colorado and other mining areas across the country number in the thousands. Consumers’ electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket across the country, but President Obama can claim mission accomplished.

Where does the conquering army now turn? After all, those ideological foot soldiers for greater centralized command and control of the economy can’t just be de-mobilized...

Tags: overreach
by Jay Ottoson, Chairman on August 27, 2015 - 7:50am

Jay Ottoson

At Western Energy Alliance’s annual meeting on August 13th, Jay Ottoson was appointed as Chairman. Jay has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and is currently the president and chief executive officer of SM Energy, headquartered in Denver. ...
by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on August 26, 2015 - 8:47am

With a listing decision on the Greater Sage-Grouse looming in September, we received good news last week when the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) released its 2015 population update. The study found a 63% increase in the population over the last two years, with a total breeding population of 424,645. WAFWA’s data are encouraging for showing that states, counties, private landowners, industries, conservation groups and others are effectively protecting sage grouse. 

WAFWA also found that the population in core areas, where the highest density of sage grouse...

Tags: sage grouse
by Jack Ekstrom, Chairman on August 11, 2015 - 7:50am
Jack EkstromFor the past year, Jack Ekstrom has served as chairman of Western Energy Alliance. An outspoken champion of the oil and natural gas industry, Jack offers his insights on the state of the industry. For nearly 40 years, he has worked in various roles focused on government affairs and public...
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...
Tags: water
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...


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