Western Energy Alliance Expands Policy Team
(DENVER) – Western Energy Alliance announced today that Stuart Siffring has joined its staff as a regulatory analyst. Siffring is a mechanical engineer with experience as a permit engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. His background in air permitting across six western states and tribal lands will strengthen the Alliance’s leadership on western air quality issues.
Besides his detailed technical experience, Siffring has shown a commitment to public policy and the political process, areas directly relevant to the Alliance’s advocacy work. He ran twice for Colorado’s General Assembly to represent Denver’s city-center Highland neighborhood.
“Stuart will fit well with our team because he understands the balance between energy development and environmental protection,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance. “His transition from regulator to regulated community will benefit both. His experience as an EPA tribal air coordinator and work with the Utah Division of Air Quality with be invaluable as the Alliance continues to partner with the Ute Indian Tribe and regulators to address air quality in Utah’s Uinta Basin, which has been recently designated as nonattainment for ozone. He will be a tremendous asset for Alliance members working to navigate federal and state regulations.”
“I’m excited to move from the public into the private sector,” said Siffring. “The private sector is the engine that underpins not only the economy, but society as a whole. Without a strong economy and reliable, affordable energy, environmental protection is not possible. I look forward to applying my knowledge as an environmental engineer to help industry and regulators collaborate on effective environmental protection.”
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Western Energy Alliance represents over 300 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. Alliance members are independents, the majority of which are small businesses with an average of fifteen employees. Learn more at www.WesternEnergyAlliance.org.