The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s role in impacting American coal production, which has taken a major hit from low-cost natural gas, has been wildly overstated.

Continue reading..

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2018 DENVER—The Interior Department announced yesterday via an Internal Memorandum that it has eliminated Master Leasing Plans (MLPs), saying that it will not “initiate any new MLPs or complete ongoing MLPs.” The Interior Department also announced it would put extreme limits on public participation in oil and gas leasing. The Center for […]

Continue reading..

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017   DENVER—Today, the Interior Department conducted its much-anticipated oil lease sale for lands within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The lease sale, which was announced by Secretary Zinke as part of the administration’s push for “energy dominance,” offered all 10.3 million acres currently available within the wildlife-rich reserve. The sale yielded bids […]

Continue reading..

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The maps and proposed monument boundaries reveal why the Trump administration is pushing to eliminate large swaths of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Continue reading..

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

To finance a small portion of the costs of the Republican tax plan currently working its way through Congress, lawmakers are pushing to open Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Considered one of the last intact spaces in the United States, opening the Arctic to drilling has long been a […]

Continue reading..

Monday, November 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 16, 2017 DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed to the BLM, Steed served as chief of staff for Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT). Representative Stewart has consistently pushed for […]

Continue reading..

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 DENVER—Today the Interior Department announced it will undermine sage-grouse conservation plans across the West, opening the door to mining and development on critical habitat. The result of years of negotiation by Western governors, ranchers, and conservationists, the existing plans seek to boost sage-grouse recovery in hopes of keeping the bird off […]

Continue reading..

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2017 DENVER—The Department of the Interior announced today it will seek a delay in implementing the methane waste rule. Finalized by the Bureau of Land Management in 2016, the methane waste rule would require oil and gas operations on public lands to detect and prevent the leaking, venting and flaring of natural […]

Continue reading..

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 26, 2017 DENVER—In speeches to the National Petroleum Council and the National Clean Energy Week symposium, Interior Secretary Zinke made claims that one-third of Interior Department employees are not loyal to President Trump and that public lands are best suited for drilling and mining, while solar energy should stick to rooftops. In response, […]

Continue reading..

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 21, 2017 Nevada leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments LAS VEGAS, NV—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Nevada today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular national monuments […]

Continue reading..

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Latest News

@WstrnPriorities on Twitter


4 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.

https://t.co/iGyLWHZZpS
5 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

https://t.co/jrFZxOUHgw
6 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

https://t.co/JyV5Xd6C5J
6 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?

https://t.co/hiuJlwTozz https://t.co/QoaYYRsvXq
WstrnPriorities photo

FROM THE BLOG


Interior Secretary Zinke wants to defund a vital land conservation program he supposedly supports

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...

February 15th, 2018

In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air

At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...

February 15th, 2018

Trump’s “Energy Dominance” Reality Check

The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s...

February 8th, 2018