At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a rule designed to reduce wasted natural gas from drilling operations on public lands. His argument is simple—oil and gas companies will benefit more from methane pollution than the public will be hurt by it.
In less than one year on the job, Interior Secretary Zinke has taken a wrecking ball to America’s public lands legacy. Now, after Zinke announced his intent to eviscerate collaborative plans that balance sage-grouse conservation with energy development, Westerners are asking him to honor the deal that was struck and leave the plans alone.
On December 4, President Trump issued two sweeping proclamations attempting to eliminate more than 2 million acres from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. Though the fate of these likely illegal actions will play out in the courts, one key provision is set to take effect in just a matter of weeks: […]
Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department has become a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry. A recent analysis of 24 policy changes supported by the oil, gas, and coal industries found that the Trump Interior Department has already taken meaningful action to complete or advance 13 of them.
Since taking office, the Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back existing common sense energy policies and enact an agenda written by the oil and gas industry. A new analysis finds the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have acted on at least 22 policy changes supported by energy companies and associations as […]
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Friday that President Trump had called him to announce his intent to dramatically shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. It is hard to ignore the crystal clear messages sent by Trump’s administration this week — protecting Native American history is bad, Confederate monuments are good, and national parks are for rich […]
Here’s how much Anadarko and Noble have invested in legislators and PR firms In recent years, major oil and gas companies have launched aggressive efforts in Colorado to sway public opinion on the impacts of drilling, elect sympathetic legislators, and defeat efforts to enact commonsense safeguards on oil and gas development. Two companies in particular, Anadarko […]
This week Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is touring Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, part of the Trump administration’s “review” of national monuments designated since 1996. It is widely expected this review and tour are precursors to eliminating or shrinking the national monument, which was established with support from an unprecedented coalition of Native […]
On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to the Department of the Interior, signing an executive order targeting our national monuments. The order will launch a review of national monuments designated in the last 21 years, a precursor to eliminating protections for some of our most spectacular lands. This is the beginning of an all-out assault on […]
Massive outdoor industry trade show gets closer to leaving state in protest It’s no secret that Utah’s elected officials have led a sustained attack against national public lands. Now it seems that leading outdoor recreation companies, which depend on public lands for their business, have had enough. Governor Gary Herbert is seeking to quell a growing […]
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At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...