Western Energy Alliance Expands Policy Team

January 9, 2013

Brian Meinhart, former congressional aide, to help promote policies that ensure responsible development in West

(DENVER)- Western Energy Alliance announced today that Brian Meinhart has joined its staff as Policy Analyst to strengthen the association's public lands advocacy and community outreach efforts. Meinhart brings extensive experience working with the federal government including service as a congressional aide to both U.S. Senator Wayne Allard and most recently, U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, in addition to roles at the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of State. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from Colorado Mesa University.

"In the West where the federal government controls a huge proportion of the land, federal policies disproportionately impact oil and natural gas production. Brian's expertise navigating public lands issues and his experience in the federal government will be a major asset to our ongoing mission of promoting environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West," said Tim Wigley, President of Western Energy Alliance.

"I'm pleased to have Brian join and strengthen our team. His experience as a Field Representative reaching out to communities on Colorado's West Slope better equips Western Energy Alliance as we continue to spread the message of how western oil and natural gas producers provide the solution to our nation's most pressing economic and energy challenges," concluded Wigley.


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 www.westernenergyalliance.org.