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

The minuscule total is the result of a provision in Rep. Bishop’s legislation that would allow only 0.5 percent of funds to be spent in the West.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Politicians Should Stop Scapegoating American Public Lands by Claiming They Are a Drag on Local and State Budgets A growing number of politicians and pundits in 11 Western states and in Congress are working to give away and sell-off our national public lands to state and private interests. They argue that Western states are at […]

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities launched a new video advertisement and social media campaign today in support of keeping American lands American, a direct response to ill-advised efforts by some Western states to seize public lands. The online video will be targeted to state capitals around the Rocky Mountain West. Lawmakers in Congress and 11 […]

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Stay up to date on who is leasing your national public lands for oil and gas exploration.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Jessica Goad and Greg Zimmerman A group of economists released a report last week analyzing the costs and benefits of Utah’s continuing quest to take over the state’s 31 million acres of national monuments, forests, and other public lands that currently belong to all Americans. The report determined that managing Utah’s public lands would […]

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

It will cost Utah approximately $280 million annually to manage the transferred lands .

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Colorado is in the midst of a fast-paced oil and natural gas boom that has secured the state a spot as one of the top ten oil and gas producers in the nation.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Consensus Colorado wilderness bill loses support, Wyoming has already seen many oil spills this year, a look at how language is important in the “fracking” debate.

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Friday, September 19th, 2014

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More than six months into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tenure at the Interior Department, we’re getting a clear picture of what...

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