The Source Rock Blog

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on May 24, 2017 - 12:27pm
A few weeks ago, Western Energy Alliance met with Interior Secretary Zinke. It was a typical meeting between a new Interior Secretary and a stakeholder group. All types of stakeholders meet with Interior secretaries–ranching, mining, recreation, tribal, environmental, sportsmen, royalty owners,...
Tags: Zinke
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 27, 2017 - 1:27pm

Last Friday, Western Wire published an article exposing an April 19th letter to the editor by Andrew O’Connor published in the Boulder Daily Camera that called for blowing up wells and violence against industry workers. O’Connor is pushing an anti-fracking ballot initiative...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 17, 2017 - 8:11am

Who Knew a Coal Seam Could Be So Newsworthy?

On the last day of March, BLM replaced the banner picture on its home page with a picture of an 80-foot coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine. The whiplash created was illustrative.




Tags: BLM, overreach, Trump
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on April 3, 2017 - 12:16pm

Optimism abounds in the oil and natural gas industry since November 9th when Donald Trump unexpectedly won election. Like any industry, ours is a diverse one with all political viewpoints. But it was no secret that the Obama Administration was hostile to our industry and used regulatory overreach to make American development and production of oil and natural gas more difficult. The optimism results from not having four more years of a hostile regulatory environment, and the chance to overturn the redundant federal regulatory overreach that went far beyond reasonable oversight of oil and...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on March 22, 2017 - 8:29am

As the Senate weighs Congressional Review Act action on the BLM venting and flaring rule, activist groups like EDF have reached new levels in their campaign to save BLM’s disastrously expensive and ill-conceived rule. In its latest plea for action, EDF features what can only be described as creative writing in its completely unsupported claims about methane and the oil and natural gas industry.

The group created an online form letter for its supporters to send to Congress urging lawmakers to vote against overturning BLM’s rule. The page begins, “2016 was the hottest year on record—...

Tags: BLM, flaring, venting
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on March 9, 2017 - 3:06pm

The political strategy for environmental activist groups during the Trump Administration is clear–more protests and more lawsuits.

It was therefore not surprising this week that environmental groups held multiple conference calls with reporters announcing intentions to sue the...

Tags: BLM, methane
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on February 16, 2017 - 8:54am

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) recently put out a Myth v. Fact paper on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) venting and flaring rule. Western Energy Alliance would like to debunk a few additional myths.

Misinformation originates from a study by ICF International  commissioned...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on February 1, 2017 - 10:02am
Given Western Energy Alliance’s status as a plaintiff against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) venting and flaring rule, our opposition to it comes as no surprise. The rule clearly usurps air quality regulatory authority that rightly resides...
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on January 20, 2017 - 1:41pm
The inauguration is complete and Donald Trump is president. Addressing the nation from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, he pointedly spoke about returning control of the government to the people and spurring job growth by reducing federal bureaucracy.  ...
Tags: Trump
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on January 10, 2017 - 2:32pm

courtroomAs Woody Allen once said, 80% of life is showing up. While I might put that percentage a bit lower, it certainly does give you a whole different perspective to actually be in the court room and listen carefully to all the details, analyze the body language of counsel for both sides, and...

Tags: BLM, flaring


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