In the week since the Washington Post published Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s secret final report on national monuments, a staggering number of falsehoods and misleading claims have come to light. The errors, taken in whole, suggest the entire report is nothing more than a pretext to open protected public lands and waters to extractive industries […]
Center for Western Priorities
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
In one of his last actions as head of the Department of Interior, Secretary Ken Salazar has finalized the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plan to make nearly 700,000 acres of public land in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah available for oil shale development.
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