Statement on Ryan Zinke’s attempt to keep national parks open during a government shutdown

Written by on Friday, January 19th, 2018

“Secretary Zinke is more concerned about the politics and optics of a shutdown than he is about doing what’s right for the American people and America’s parks.”...

Response to dismissal of Bundy case

Written by on Monday, January 8th, 2018

"Letting the Bundys walk free on a technicality should send a chill down the spines of anyone who values our parks, wildlife refuges, and all public lands."...

RESPONSE to 60 percent cut to free admission days at national parks

Written by on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

“Not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat when they want to visit our national parks.”...

DOCUMENTS: When a Uranium Mining Company Lobbied for Bears Ears National Monument Action, the Trump Administration Acted

Written by on Monday, December 11th, 2017

"A toxic history of failed uranium projects litters the southwest, especially on tribal lands."...

Vaunted Arctic Lease Sale Yields Embarrassing Results for Trump Administration

Written by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017   DENVER—Today, the Interior Department conducted its much-anticipated oil lease sale for lands within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The lease sale, which was announced by Secretary Zinke as part...

Response to the release of Interior Secretary Zinke’s final recommendations on national monuments

Written by on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

DENVER—Today Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report, recommending that President Trump illegally revise the boundaries of four national monuments, including yesterday’s attempt to remove protections from more than two million acres...

Response to President Trump’s Attempt to Erase Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments

Written by on Monday, December 4th, 2017

“This is the Trump legacy. He is the first president in American history to try to strip protections from millions of acres set aside for our children and grandchildren.”...

STATEMENT on President Trump’s upcoming trip to Utah

Written by on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

"After his appalling remarks at the White House on Monday, President Trump’s assault on tribal interests continues at a staggering pace."...

Secretary Zinke Names Land Transfer Proponent as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Written by on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 16, 2017 DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed...

RESPONSE to Trump plan to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

Written by on Friday, October 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 27, 2017 President bows to anti-public lands politicians in Utah DENVER—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said today that President Trump called him to announce his intent to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah....

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"He's more like a mad king. And this monarch has control over the crown jewels of America's #publiclands. They are not in safe hands." @SecretaryZinke
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"There is no scenario in which the United States could become self-sufficient — much less 'energy dominant' — in uranium." @MiriamWasser
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Secretary Zinke must enforce the law, confiscate Bundy’s illegal cows

Will the Interior Department be a “good neighbor” or Cliven’s doormat?...

January 9th, 2018

The Trump administration gave presents to oil and gas companies; taxpayers got a lump of coal

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke kept himself busy while while you were on vacation....

January 2nd, 2018

Photos: Drilling America’s Heritage

Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department has become a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry. A recent...

December 18th, 2017