FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2017 DENVER—In a Federal Register notice released today, the Bureau of Land Management announced it would suspend key parts of a rule designed to limit methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands. In May, the United States Senate voted against eliminating this rule. In response the Center […]
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke built a web of lies yesterday while announcing his recommendation that President Trump eliminate significant portions of the recently protected Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. In a call with reporters, he claimed that “talking to the tribes, they’re very happy,” later reiterating that “overall, in talking to tribal leadership… […]
President Trump is expected to issue an executive order Wednesday instructing the Department of the Interior to review 24 landscape-scale monuments protected over the last 21 years. The order is part of a direct attack on America’s parks, lands, and waters. Every indication from President Trump and politicians close to him is that the outcome […]
Newly-released documents highlight threats against Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service employees An Oregon jury returned a surprise verdict yesterday, finding Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and five other militants not guilty of conspiring to impede employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The trial is a setback for the U.S. government working to […]
By Brian Gottlieb “The beautiful mountains.” “Access to the outdoors.” “The opportunities to go out onto the public land.” Those are just a few of the answers we heard when we asked over 1,000 likely Colorado voters what they like about living in their state. If you’re familiar with Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West and […]
The recent Follow the Oil report by the Center for Western Priorities documents the real reasons behind the shift.
The Center for Western Priorities today denounced the lack of disclosure of the companies trying to drill in Colorado’s North Fork Valley.
If oil spills in the forest, and nobody is there to see it, does it still cause damage? The answer of course is yes, and a new audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveals that problems with oil and gas oversight by the U.S. Forest Service puts our […]
Comparing responsible and irresponsible approaches to conservation negotiations
At Tuesday’s budget hearing, Secretary Zinke had few answers for senators who asked about his proposed $400 million in cuts to national parks and $370 million in cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs…
With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending President Trump take the unprecedented and likely illegal step of drastically shrinking the monument’s boundary, attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund are preparing to take legal action…