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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Friday, July 21st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 20, 2017 California leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments PALM SPRINGS, CA—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Palm Springs today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular […]

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Thursday, July 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2017 Fruita Mayor, outdoor leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments GRAND JUNCTION, CO—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Grand Junction today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on […]

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Monday, July 17th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July, 14, 2017 DENVER—In the first offshore oil lease sale of the Trump administration, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decided to cut royalty rates from 18.75 percent to 12.5 percent. This is the rate paid by oil companies to taxpayers in return for drilling and selling publicly owned resources. The decision comes on the […]

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 26, 2017 Whitefish Mayor, outdoor leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments WHITEFISH, MT—The Center for Western Priorities launched its summer Monuments to America tour ahead of the Western Governors’ Association summer meeting. At a press briefing in Depot Park, CWP’s executive director was […]

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Monday, June 26th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2017 DENVER—Interior Secretary Zinke has recommended President Trump eliminate portions of Bears Ears National Monument. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “This is an undeniable attack on our national monuments and America’s public lands. The decision should be an easy one—more than 1 […]

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Monday, June 12th, 2017

New analysis from the Center for Western Priorities shows that 88 percent of comments submitted to the formal review by self-identified Utahns support leaving national monuments intact.

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Friday, June 9th, 2017

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