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- Friday, July 21, 2017
Statement on Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, July 21, 2017
The following statement is from Scott Miller, Southwest Senior Regional Director for the Wilderness Society:
- Thursday, July 20, 2017
By passing H.R. 218 today, the U.S. House of Representatives set a dangerous precedent, approving construction of a destructive, unnecessary road through protected wilderness in the vital Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaska Peninsula.
This bill undermines bedrock conservation laws including the 1964 Wilderness Act, which prevents road building in designated wilderness, and the National Environmental Policy Act, which guarantees a process for environmental review of federal decisions, including participation by citizens and other stakeholders.
- Thursday, July 20, 2017
Today the U.S. Senate held a procedural vote for Interior’s deputy secretary nomination of David Bernhardt.
The former California lobbyist and high-ranking staffer at Interior under President George W. Bush has a longstanding history with oil and gas companies, having pushed for the removal of impediments to drilling in land use plans and advancing energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Melyssa Watson, vice president for conservation: