Duplicative Federal Regulation Counter to Goals of Economic Recovery, Job Creation and Energy Security

May 1, 2012

(DENVER)- On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Western Energy Alliance staff and members will testify before both federal and state legislative committees with one uniform message: redundant regulatory procedures will slow down western oil and natural gas development, delay needed economic recovery and job creation, and hinder American energy security.


Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals will hold an oversight field hearing titled, Federal Regulation: Economic, job and energy security implications of federal hydraulic fracturing regulation. The Subcommittee will examine the impacts to the economy if the Department of the Interior (DOI) moves forward with duplicative plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, will testify on behalf of the association's 400 member companies. The Congressional field hearing will be held at the Colorado State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver. Click here to view Sgamma's testimony.


At 1:30 p.m., Western Energy Alliance staff and members will testify before the Colorado House of Representatives Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee in a hearing titled, Is current federal lands energy policy helping or hurting America's domestic energy picture? The Alliance will testify that federal public lands policies could put at risk significant job creation, investment, and state revenue in Colorado. Western Energy Alliance's Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity projects that additional oil and natural gas investment will create 26,000 new jobs in Colorado and a 124% increase in severance taxes. Joining Sgamma will be Jim Schroeder, President & CEO, Mesa Energy Partners; Reed Williams, President, WillSource Enterprise; Duane Zavadil, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Bill Barrett Corporation; and David Ludlam, West Slope COGA. The Colorado House hearing will be held at the Colorado State Capitol, Committee Room 111, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver.

What:U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals HearingColorado House of Representatives Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Federal Regulation: Economic, job and energy security implications of federal hydraulic fracturing regulationIs current federal lands energy policy helping or hurting America’s domestic energy picture?
Where:Colorado State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado.Colorado State Capitol, Committee Room 111, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado.
When:9:00 a.m. MDT1:30 p.m. MDT

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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.