Jayson O'Neill

Hypocrisy Alert: After faux outrage over lack of public input, Sec. Zinke cancels citizen councils, silencing public input

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke canceled all Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meetings – an essential opportunity for the public to provide input on public lands. The move comes after a chorus of faux outrage from Secretary Zinke and Congressional Republicans who have falsely claimed that the previous administration failed to consider public input before making national monument […]

ICYMI: Sec. Zinke’s Rocky Utah Vacation

Zinke All Ears to Anti-Public Lands Extremists, Refuses to Hold Public Meetings on So-Called “Listening Tour” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s taxpayer-funded tour of Utah’s national monuments this week was more of a scenic vacation than legitimate ‘listening tour.’ The photo-ops on horseback were dominated by anti-public lands extremists, closed-door meetings, and blunders. While Zinke claimed […]

Western Values Project Files FOIA for Portman Communications Ahead of Vote on Methane Rule

Includes Former Registered Lobbyist for Industry Turned Portman Staffer Portman FOIA (Methane Rule) Western Values Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all communications between the Department of Interior and Senator Portman’s Office, including communications with a former registered lobbyist for American’s Natural Gas Alliance turned Portman staffer. The request comes after […]

Zinke “Political Stunt” Tour to Advance Anti-Public Lands Agenda Off to Rough Start

As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments this week, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger released the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s photo op on horseback is yet another political stunt in his campaign to advance an anti-public lands agenda. But even the best photo op can’t hide the […]

Congressional Committee Promotes “Alternative Facts” In Hearing On National Monuments

Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing to present “alternative facts” in support of efforts to reduce or eliminate public lands. The hearing follows President Trump’s executive order calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of national monument designations made under the Antiquities Act made since January […]

ICYMI: Congressional Budget Compromise: One Small Step Forward, One Big Step Back for Conservation Efforts

Congress provides for Greater Sage-grouse Conservation; Reduces Funding for Popular Bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund The recent budget compromise to fund the government for the next five months increases funding for the greater sage-grouse conservation activities by $8.9 million. This increase makes clear that Congress has acknowledged the importance of this initiative, calling on […]

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