This evening, the House Republican conference passed a rule change that would make it easier to sell off federal land to states. Current rules requiring spending offsets would be abolished. The change is part of the House rules package.
President Obama acted on the urging of several Native American tribes and their supporters by designating national monuments in Nevada and Utah. This action followed years of public demand for better protections and the growing threats from looting, vandalism and theft.
Today the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado announced that it will move forward with a master leasing plan for oil and gas leasing and development in Montezuma and La Plata counties, on lands managed by BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office.
Today, guided by science and public opinion, federal agencies charged with stewardship of taxpayer-owned public lands denied the renewal of two mineral leases adjacent to Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
The federal Bureau of Land Management today is offering approximately 1.4 million acres for oil and gas leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, more than doubling the amount of land already leased in the Western Arctic.
Today, Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued the following statement on the nomination of U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Zinke reportedly has not yet accepted the nomination.