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Western Values Project opens investigation in response to leaked document revealing industry influence of Interior’s sage-grouse review

FOIA filed in preparation for litigation after documents show oil and gas lobbyists shaped recommendations from Secretary Zinke   The Western Values Project (WVP) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking correspondence between industry representatives and staff at the Department of the Interior who worked on Secretary Zinke’s sage-grouse review. The request comes after WVP […]

Secretary Zinke adds more special interests to the payroll at Interior

16 new in-depth profiles added to https://departmentofinfluence.org/ While Congress is enjoying summer vacation and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is off on an overseas adventure, the revolving door is spinning at the Department of the Interior with 16 new hires – but not a single one from the $887 billion outdoor industry. Earlier this month, […]

Western Values Project sues Justice Department to obtain correspondence with conservative groups

Suit seeks correspondence on legal justification for national monument rescission Today, the Western Values Project filed suit after the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) failed to fulfill Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The FOIAs, sent on May 31, 2017, request documents related to the national monument review being conducted by the […]

New poll, ad campaign tells Secretary Zinke to protect national monuments

New Montana poll ahead of ad campaign on Zinke’s national monuments review A new poll showing support slipping for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s monuments review in his home state of Montana was released. The release of the poll comes in advance of a six-figure television and digital ad campaign in Montana reminding residents what is […]

ICYMI: Zinke settles lawsuit over unpaid rent

In case you missed it, the Huffington Post is reporting that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has settled a lawsuit with his former landlord, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, over unpaid rent. The Huffington Post reported: The church claimed the Zinkes owed more than $66,000 in unpaid rent and late fees. The Zinkes responded with a countersuit in mid-November 2016, […]

ICYMI: Conservative opposition to national monument repeal effort grows

Conservatives are speaking out against efforts by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump to reduce or eliminate national monuments. Conservative columnists and legal scholars are joining the chorus of experts who have argued that the President does not have the authority to unilaterally change or repeal a national monument. “Even conservatives are turning against this […]

Shrinking Interior: Zinke gives up additional $75 million in revenue despite devastating budget cuts

The Department of the Interior announced the repeal of a rule that will cost taxpayers nearly $75 million. The repeal of the rule will reduce royalties paid for oil, gas and coal developed on federal public lands. Estimates by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue show that nearly $75 million in royalties per year will be […]

Secretary Zinke continues to give handouts to industry, ignores Western voices with sage-grouse order

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released his review of the greater sage-grouse conservation plan. The original conservation plan was implemented two years ago after extensive work and collaboration by a bipartisan group of Western stakeholders, including federal, state and local governments, as well as ranchers, farmers, sports groups, conservationists and industry representatives. This order is […]

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