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The Western Values Project gives voice to the majority of Westerners who support a balanced approach to energy development on public lands. We fight to make sure elected leaders put Western values first through research, public education, and by working together with small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and sportsmen and sportswomen.

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Majority of Wyoming and Montana Residents Support Changes to the Federal Coal Program

57% of Wyoming residents and 65% of Montana residents support making changes to the outdated federal coal program, according to new poll results released by Western Values Project. The failing coal program has not been reviewed in 40 years. Under the current program, coal executives are exploiting loopholes to sell coal at cut-rate prices. Coal […]

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As the annual Four Corners Oil & Gas conference kicks off, let’s remember our money that’s being left on the table

The 13th Annual Four corners Oil and Gas Conference kicks off this week in Farmington, New Mexico. While many presentations, including from FLIR Systems, Inc., will focus on new technologies and best practices to help bring the oil and gas industry into the twenty-first century, there will surely be other, more-entrenched interests focused on maintaining the […]

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Five debunked myths of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule

Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources, subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to combat methane waste, where lawmakers, agency officials, and locally elected government leaders came together to discuss the rule. And while proponents for the rule cited wasted royalty revenues for their communities […]

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Red FLAG: 8 times Rob Bishop just didn’t get when it comes to public lands

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop’s Federal Lands Action Group meets again today to discuss strategies for transferring national public lands and parks to states – a move many observers have said will force cash-strapped states to sell the lands, due to the high cost of maintenance and fire-fighting. The meeting comes hot off the heels of Congressman Bishop’s […]

While Debt Ceiling Looms, Lawmakers Brainstorm Other Ways to Bankrupt States

This afternoon, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop’s Congressional “Federal Land Action Group” (FLAG), is holding a forum to discuss options for transferring federal lands back to state control. What the group won’t address, however, is that the idea of land transfer is hugely costly to states and taxpayers, is unpopular across the board with the public and would significantly restrict access to American public lands. At a time when […]

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New @WstrnPriorities campaign tells Utah politicians who threaten public lands to make a “U-Turn:” https://t.co/6KZmu4rwhN

Western economies need public lands, but the #DisappearingWest puts them at risk. More: https://t.co/ABeFGFzHnD https://t.co/IzJL060E5U

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