Western Energy Alliance to Testify on Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

April 29, 2015

(DENVER) – Western Energy Alliance will testify before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining at a hearing on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final rule on hydraulic fracturing. The hearing has been called on Thursday, April 30th, by Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to examine the final rule announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in March that regulates fracking on federal and tribal lands.

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at the Alliance, will discuss how the rule is not properly justified and duplicates state regulations. “The fundamental question related to BLM’s final rule is whether we as a nation want to encourage continued responsible energy development on the vast, multiple-use public lands of the United States, or do we want to shut it down,” Sgamma states in her testimony. “BLM has finalized a costly rule with no justification in the form of real environmental benefit. BLM can show no incident that necessitates the rule, nor any risk that the rule actually reduces. The best BLM can do to justify the rule is to cite vague notions of public concern.

“A regulator has an obligation to the regulated community and the public to show that there is a tangible benefit to justify the additional cost. Regulatory costs affect not just the regulated industry, but society at large in the form of higher energy prices, fewer jobs, less government revenue, and slower economic growth. BLM has failed in its obligation and simply ignores laws that require proper justification and economic analysis,” concluded Sgamma.

Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing. Sgamma’s testimony is available online.

Who:     Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs, Western Energy Alliance 

What:   Testimony on the Bureau of Land Management's final rule on hydraulic fracturing before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

When:  April 30, 2015, 2:30 p.m. ET

Where:    366 Dirksen Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515

A live webcast of the hearing is available on the committee’s website.

Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) filed a joint lawsuit against the Secretary of the Interior and BLM regarding the rule. The states of Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado have also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming.