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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...

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...

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