Coalition of Stakeholders Unite to Promote Potential of Western Oil and Natural Gas to Create Jobs, Government Revenue and Energy Security

April 23, 2012

(Denver)- Western Energy Alliance and 100 industry representatives, ranchers, county commissioners, conservationists, regulators, and others embarked on Washington, D.C. this week to educate Congress and federal policymakers on the enormous economic and energy potential of the West. The coalition will be promoting the Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity, which that finds by 2020, the western oil and natural gas industry is projected to invest $58 billion annually, support over 500,000 well-paying jobs, and produce enough energy to dramatically reduce America's energy imports from unfriendly nations.


Western Energy Alliance has organized a week of events on Capitol Hill including policy meetings with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, testimony before a House subcommittee, and briefings with congressional committees and caucuses.


"Western energy producers are poised to produce as much oil and natural gas on a daily basis as the U.S. imports from Russia, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Algeria, Nigeria, and Columbia combined," said Tim Wigley, President of Western Energy Alliance. "But our industry needs regulatory certainty and assurance from federal policymakers that they share this vision of a vibrant western energy economy through safe and responsible oil and natural gas development."


Western oil and natural gas producers provide real solutions to economic recovery, job creation, and increased energy security. The coalition of stakeholders is supporting key policy recommendation outlined in the Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity, which includes actions that must be taken if America is to realize the full benefit of western energy.

Western Energy Alliance will be testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals on April 26th at 3pm in 1324 Longworth House Office Building on legislation aimed at increasing development and production of oil and natural gas on federal public lands. Click here for the hearing information.


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About Western Energy Alliance
Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is a non-profit trade association representing 400 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. More information on Western Energy Alliance and its members is available at www.westernenergyalliance.org.