Government Delays Preventing 64,805 New Jobs, $15 Billion in Economic Growth

July 31, 2012

Western Energy Alliance testifies before Congress, releases web video illustrating cost of slowing development on western lands

(DENVER) - Western Energy Alliance will testify on Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power concerning the adverse effects that federal government policies are having on oil and natural gas development in the West. Western Energy Alliance analysis shows that bureaucratic red tape and government over-regulation are hindering development on energy-rich western public lands, while development on private lands continues to expand.

"American oil and natural gas companies have significantly increased production of domestic energy in spite of, not because of the federal government. Over the last several years, federal policies that discourage responsible development on public lands have prevented the West from keeping pace with the rest of the nation, while hurting jobs, tax revenue, and economic growth," said Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.

Since 2008, natural gas production has increased 29% on private and state lands in the West, but has actually declined 4% on federal lands. Bureaucratic delays are preventing 64,805 jobs and $15 billion in investment every year.

"The reason for the disparity between federal and private lands is simple—federal government policies make it extremely difficult to operate on public lands. Producers struggle to navigate ever-increasing bureaucratic hurdles, and many are avoiding federal lands at all costs because it's just too difficult to produce energy amidst such uncertainty," said Sgamma.

Western Energy Alliance released a web video to illustrate the bureaucratic maze western companies face when attempting to develop energy on public lands within the ten-year lease timeframe. Click here to watch the video:

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

Who: Kathleen Sgamma, VP of Government & Public Affairs, Western Energy Alliance Reed F. Williams, WillSource Enterprise - Western  Energy Alliance member company

What: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, The American Energy Initiative: A Focus on  Growing Differences for Energy Development on Federal vs. Non-Federal Lands

When: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Where: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building and online at

Click here to read Western Energy Alliance's testimony.


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