PRESS RELEASE: Why IPAMS Was Renamed Western Energy Alliance

RPSEA Board Member Jim Schroeder has been named president of the Western Energy Alliance, formerly the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States. Read below the article on E&P's website

After more than 35 years of advocating for Rocky Mountain oil and gas producers, the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) has changed its name to the Western Energy Alliance. The change was approved at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Beaver Creek, Colo.

“With a name that better reflects who we are, we are in a better position to speak for the men and women who are working every day to ensure that our nation has the energy it needs,” says executive director Marc W. Smith.

The Alliance will continue to testify before state and federal agencies and the US Congress, as it has since inception. The name change was sparked by a desire to become more descriptive and all-inclusive, since the organization’s 430 member companies search for oil and natural gas, according to immediate past president George Solich, who is also chief executive of Cordillera Energy Partners III LLC.

Unfortunately, he said, some anti-drilling interests in the region wrongfully assumed the old name implied that members were actually willing to drill on mountain tops.

Mesa Energy Partners president James Schroeder was elected the group’s new president and Tom Sheffield of Pioneer Natural Resources was named first vice president. Further information on the organization’s activities can be found at the new website,
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