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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. http://bit.ly/1LABIDY.

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...
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...

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