Watching Government: Taking concerns to Washington

Heavy rain didn't dampen Western Energy Alliance members' enthusiasm the morning of May 7 as they posed for a photo on the US Capitol's eastern steps during their 2013 Washington call-up. They had too many places to go and people to see. County commissioners and local business leaders had joined about 65 members of the Denver-based regional association of independent oil and gas producers to visit federal lawmakers and regulatory agencies during their 3 days in Washington. They had plenty to discuss, starting with US Bureau of Land Management plans to issue regulations for hydraulic fracturing and related operations on federal lands. Like most other US producers, WEA members believe state...

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