Year 5 : Environmentalists Continue Sue - To - Stop Techniques

May 24, 2013

Infinitesimal level of emissions stops development and job creation in Montana

(DENVER) - Today, Western Energy Alliance along with the American Petroleum Institute (API), Montana Chamber of Commerce and Montana Petroleum Association are in court to support the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as it defends oil and natural gas leasing in Montana. Environmental groups opposed to energy development continue a misguided challenge to leasing on the basis of global warming. The court hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today at the Paul G. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Helena, MT.

"The plaintiffs have pursued this challenge to oil and natural gas leasing, despite the fact that BLM has analyzed scientific data showing that oil and natural gas development in Montana and North Dakota has an 'infinitesimal' impact on climate change," said Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Western Energy Alliance. "These environmental groups continue a counterproductive lawsuit that curtails economic activity and job creation in Montana, while opposing the one energy source, natural gas, that has provided a real, meaningful solution for climate change.

"Because of natural gas, the United States is the only industrialized country that has significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Abundant natural gas has enabled the United States to dramatically reduce GHG emissions from electricity generation, putting us on target to meet 1990 emissions levels."


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