Blog Archive

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...