Alliance Supports Increased Role of State Plans in Protecting Greater Sage Grouse

December 1, 2017

DENVER - Western Energy Alliance supported the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to revise the 2015 one-size-fits-all Greater Sage Grouse land use plans issued in comments submitted today. The oil and natural gas trade association provided comments in response to BLM’s Notice of Intent to amend the plans.

“The previous administration’s land use plans ignored effective state efforts and conservation practices that are more effective than top-down federal plans,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance. “As a result, BLM’s plans exaggerated impacts from oil and natural gas and imposed draconian measures that result in 9,276 lost jobs and reduced annual economic activity of $2.4 billion.

“Sec. Zinke and his team are taking time to collaborate with states, counties, conservation groups, and productive land users to get these plans right. The plans need to be revised to align with state plans, which balance conservation with economic opportunity. We look forward to a more sensible planning process that’s based on science and actual conditions on the ground in the West.”

More information about protecting the Greater Sage-Grouse is available at the Alliance’s website.