Alliance Testifying on Lack of Transparency at Interior Dept.

May 18, 2016

DENVER – Western Energy Alliance will testify at a hearing on the lack of transparency at the U.S. Department of the Interior before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The hearing will take place Thursday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m. ET before Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO). A live and archived webcast of the hearing will be available on the committee’s website.

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at the Alliance, will testify that, “When it comes to the Department of the Interior transparency issues may not be as high profile as other agencies, but they will have profound impacts on land use policy well into the future. Issues range from manipulating data in order to provide political cover and deflect criticism of policies, to ignoring data and science in order to arrive at preferred policies.”

Sgamma’s testimony details Interior’s lack of disclosure related to oil and natural gas data on leasing, permitting and rights-of-ways critical to public lands access. She also details disclosure failures specific to wildlife management, particularly the Greater Sage Grouse and closed-door settlements with environmental groups that shut out the public, known as Sue-and-Settle. Her full testimony is available on the Alliance’s website.

What:   Oversight Hearing on Examining the Deficiencies in Transparency at the Department of the Interior before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Who:     Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs, Western Energy Alliance 

When:  May 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m. ET

Where:                1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing. 

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