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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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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… […]

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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 […]

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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 […]

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Friday, October 28th, 2016

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 […]

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Every year the oil and gas industry is responsible for thousands of spills across the Western United States. In Colorado alone, hundreds of spills during 2012 contaminated surface waters, groundwater and agricultural land.

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The recent Follow the Oil report by the Center for Western Priorities documents the real reasons behind the shift.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The Center for Western Priorities today denounced the lack of disclosure of the companies trying to drill in Colorado’s North Fork Valley.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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 […]

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Comparing responsible and irresponsible approaches to conservation negotiations

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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What pulling out of the Paris agreement could mean for public lands

As President Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke experienced climate change first hand on his visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

June 2nd, 2017

CO oil & gas companies spend millions on politicians, PR

A Center for Western Priorities review of Colorado campaign finance records shows that since 2012, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy have collectively spent more than $21.6 million on state political races and ballot initiatives.

June 1st, 2017

Monuments through history

Since President Trump issued his review of national monuments, Utah officials have argued monument designations today are 47 times larger than they were when the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906.

May 31st, 2017