Since our first legal victory in 2011 regarding federal drilling permits, our Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has been an effective force for protecting your assets in the West. Our record of success spans cases defending against overreaching regulations on leasing, air quality, and wildlife. In 2023, we expect to file challenges on additional regulatory actions, particularly those aimed at restricting access to capital.
We have mounted a comprehensive defense of federal leasing and hence, the underpinnings of the entire onshore federal oil and natural gas program.
Even if you don’t have any leases at issue in these multiple cases or plan to lease in the near future, the defense of valid existing lease rights affects any company that operates on federal lands. Were the basic ability to engage in new leasing to fall, anti-oil-and-gas groups would focus on canceling existing leases, no matter how old or how much production is on them.
But we don’t just focus on federal lands issues. Our fundraising in 2022 and into 2023 has focused on building up assets to challenge government regulation aimed at decapitalizing and debanking the entire industry. We have built up over half a million dollars for new legal action in 2023 aimed at financial regulation. We also anticipate we will need to challenge new regulations related to methane emissions.
Would you please support our legal efforts with a contribution to the Western Energy Alliance Legal Defense Fund?
Our active cases include:
[i] We joined forces with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) to successfully litigate the BLM hydraulic fracturing and venting & flaring rules, with IPAA covering all costs for the former and the Alliance for the latter. We’re funding all other cases, with PAW joining us on the case challenging failure to hold quarterly sales and providing minimal, although appreciated, funding.
- Overturning the federal fracking rule has saved $97,000 on every federal well since 2015.
- Preventing the venting and flaring rule from going into effect has saved $110,000 per federal well since 2018.