Western Energy Alliance Welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to Colorado

January 21, 2014

Sec. learns first-hand how local, state conservation efforts protect sage grouse 

(DENVER) - Western Energy Alliance welcomes Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to western Colorado to see first-hand how local, on-the-ground efforts are working to ensure healthy, viable Greater Sage-Grouse populations. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s vision for cooperative consultation and adaptive management is a better approach for Colorado and the West than a one-size-fits-all, federal approach.

“Gov. Hickenlooper and other western governors are demonstrating to Secretary Jewell the extensive state and local efforts that are protecting the sage grouse across the West,” said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs. “The approach outlined by Gov. Hickenlooper and state plans developed by other governors better ensure protection of sage grouse than blanket federal policies that don’t take into consideration variations in habitat and needs of local communities. In addition, oil and natural gas companies implement both regulatory and voluntary measures to ensure operations protect the species.

“The Bureau of Land Management is planning restrictions on economic activity based on information that doesn’t meet rudimentary scientific standards. On the other hand, state alternatives are tailored to on-the-ground conditions while encouraging local efforts and balancing the needs of communities.”

Click here to view Western Energy Alliance’s letter to Secretary Jewell on scientific integrity issues with sage grouse data.

Click here for Western Energy Alliance’s recommendations to Governor Hickenlooper.