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Petroleum Association of Wyoming supports Cheney as a ‘champion’ of Wyoming industry in D.C.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. –  The Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) says it will continue to support Wyoming’s U.S. House delegate Representative Liz Cheney into 2022.

While Cheney faces backlash from GOP members both nationally and in Wyoming for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the PAW says Cheney is a critical champion of the state’s energy interests as it faces an “unfavorable” Joe Biden presidency.

“Every indication is that hardline activists within the Biden Administration are already working to sacrifice federal land states like Wyoming and New Mexico in a cynical, but ultimately meaningless attempt to placate the fringes of their party,” said the PAW in a statement Monday.

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Biden has issued a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, a well as revoked by executive order the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.

The statement continued: “We continue to hope that President Biden himself will reject the extremists and recognize that natural gas and oil produced from federal lands represents the cleanest, most environmentally responsible production in the world.”

The PAW said Cheney carried “tremendous weight” in Washington D.C. as an advocate for Wyoming’s natural gas and oil industry. The group said Wyoming’s three-person delegation “has long punched above its weight and we are confident they will continue to do so.”

“For the continued prosperity of Wyoming, and on behalf of the thousands of men and women who rely on our industry, we are proud to support Representative Cheney,” the energy group said.

“She has our full support now, just as she will have it in 2022.”