2017 Press Releases

Thursday, December 28, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today applauded the Department of the Interior’s decision to repeal a costly Obama administration federal rule on hydraulic fracturing.“We applaud the Interior Department decision to completely...
Friday, December 22, 2017
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance applauded the Department of the Interior’s solicitor’s letter released today overturning a last-minute maneuver by the Obama Administration just ten days before President Trump took office. The solicitor’s opinion entitled rightly restores the rule of law as passed...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today welcomes the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) suspension of an Obama administration final rule regulating venting and flaring from oil and natural gas operations on federal and tribal lands...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance’s president, Kathleen Sgamma, will testify at a hearing on Transforming the Department of the Interior for the 21st Century before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Sgamma will express support for locating the headquarters of...
Friday, December 1, 2017
DENVER - Western Energy Alliance supported the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to revise the 2015 one-size-fits-all Greater Sage Grouse land use plans issued in comments submitted today. The oil and natural gas trade association provided comments in response to BLM’s Notice of Intent to amend...
Friday, October 27, 2017
DENVER - Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) today filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming opposing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request for a delay of a lawsuit by industry and the states challenging the Bureau of...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
DENVER - On Monday, October 23, 2017, environmental group Western Values Project (WVP) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit asking for communications between Western Energy Alliance, other industry groups and the Department of the Interior regarding sage grouse. The group is trying to...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
DENVER - Western Energy Alliance issued the following statement today regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announced notice of intent to amend the Greater Sage-Grouse land management plans issued in 2015. The statements are attributable to Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance:“We...
Monday, September 25, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today submitted detailed comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on its proposed rule that would rescind the March 2015 nationwide rule governing the practice of hydraulic fracturing on...
Friday, September 22, 2017
Denver – This press release clarifies the status of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule after yesterday’s Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissal of the appeals. As stated yesterday in our press release, the circuit court’s ruling was a major victory for the Independent...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Denver – Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeals of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. BLM and environmental groups had been attempting to overturn the Wyoming District Court ruling that nullified the rule. The Tenth Circuit noted that President...
Saturday, September 9, 2017
DENVER – Western Energy Alliance recognized Barth E. Whitham, president and chief executive officer of Enduring Resources LLC, as the Wildcatter of the Year before a crowd of several hundred oil and natural gas leaders. As the 33rd recipient of the Wildcatter award, Whitham was commended for his...

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