States Should Retain Hydraulic Fracturing Authority

May 7, 2013

Western Energy Alliance witness to testify at congressional hearing

(Washington D.C.) – On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, John Byrom, President & CEO of DJ Simmons, Inc., will represent Western Energy Alliance before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building and viewable online.

Mr. Byrom will testify that a proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule will add redundant regulations for oil and natural gas development on federal and Indian lands, and discourage investment and job creation in the West. States are the proper place to regulate hydraulic fracturing because they are closer to the communities impacted, and understand the many factors affecting operations. State rules specifically tailored to each state's unique geology, hydrology, infrastructure and other conditions better protect the environment and groundwater than a one-size-fits-all federal rule. States also do a better job of balancing environmental protection with economic activity and job creation.

Furthermore, by adding to the cost of development and permitting times, the BLM rule will reduce royalty and tax revenue to the American taxpayer, tribes, western states, and local governments as development moves to other areas without federal lands. Click here to view Byrom's testimony.

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

Who: John Byrom, President & CEO of DJ Simmons, Inc. and member of Western Energy Alliance's Board of Advisors

What: U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hearing, "DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication and Delay."

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building and online at


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 more than 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