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Armed extremists’ calls for local control in Oregon echo moves in Congress to transfer national public lands

Over the weekend, a number of armed protesters—led by controversial rancher Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon—took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon in protest of the imprisonment of father-and-son ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were sentenced to jail on arson charges on public lands. While the headlines may be dominated by the tense situation, it’s worth remembering […]

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Happy New Year from the Western Values Project

We’ve had a hand in some big victories in 2015. From establishing a smart-from-the-start planning process in Moab, Utah, to protecting both the Greater sage-grouse and western economies, to extending the life of America’s best parks program, we’ve seen a lot of accomplishments for the West. We’ve also supported more and more westerners as they add their […]

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Fact-check: Rep. Bishop’s unfounded accusations about BLM’s oil and gas leasing program

Today, it broke that House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop is circulating a letter to the Department of Interior that makes some unfounded accusations about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing program.  In particular, Rep. Bishop is displeased about the cancellation of a couple of oil and gas lease sales—and […]

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Like Giving Late Homework an A++: Suspended Leases are Costing Taxpayers Millions Annually

A new report released today finds that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been turning a blind eye to delinquent leaseholders—costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in the process. The report, entitled “Lease Hoarders: How Stockpiling Leases is Costing Taxpayers,” details how poor agency decision-making and inadequate tracking, monitoring, and transparency have all […]

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Rep. Zinke’s coal giveaway is wrong for taxpayers

House member Rep. Zinke (MT) is taking a last-minute gamble: he’s attempting to undermine the Department of the Interior’s proposal to modernize oil, gas and coal royalties by blocking any money for the effort in the year-end government funding bill. In doing so, he’s advocating for preserving a loophole in how coal is valued that […]

As expected, House Natural Resources Committee left American taxpayers out to dry on coal royalties

In yesterday’s hearing, some on the House Natural Resources Committee defended the government’s broken system for overseeing coal production, valuation, and royalties—even when that system means millions of lost dollars for American taxpayers. Fortunately, there are alternatives: First, there’s the former director of the Montana Department of Revenue, Dan Bucks. Bucks underscored in the hearing […]

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Majority in Congress wants to “ensure certainty” for the coal industry by taking from American taxpayers

Tomorrow, we’ll hear from the majority on the House Natural Resources Committee majority about coal production and valuation in the West’s Powder River Basin region. What you’re not likely to hear, on the other hand, is the truth—that loopholes in the current coal valuation program mean that taxpayers lose out on hundreds of millions of […]

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