WVP statement on Governor Herbert’s PLI alternative

Chris Saeger, Director of the Western Values Project, released the following statement in response to news that Utah Governor Gary Herbert is pursuing an alternative to Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative: “The fact that Governor Herbert is throwing Congressman Bishop and the Public Lands Initiative under the bus is a sure sign that the […]

Bishop in good company at big oil summit

As Congressman Rob Bishop prepares to speak before the oil and gas industry’s Uintah Basin Energy Summit today, serious questions are being raised about the influence contributions from the oil and gas industry have had over his Public Lands Initiative—a bill he intends to be an alternative to Presidential monument designation in the Bears Ears […]

New government report on natural gas waste outlines why the BLM methane rule is desperately needed— and quickly

A new report out by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showcases just how badly the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs to revamp the way it monitors and permits methane waste on public lands. Each year, upwards of $330 million worth of methane, the main component of natural gas, is wasted on our public lands […]

WVP statement on release of Public Lands Initiative

Chris Saeger, Director of the Western Values Project released the following statement in response to the release of the Public Lands Initiative: “If Congressman Bishop was serious about passing this bill, he wouldn’t have introduced it the week before Congress leaves for summer vacation.  He is playing a political game concocted in Washington DC to […]

Senate should stand with the West and drop riders to defund BLM methane waste rule

The House of Representatives has missed a big opportunity to protect Western communities from fiscal waste and protect taxpayer dollars. They just passed an irresponsible budget bill packed with giveaways to special interests on a strict party-line vote. Among those, was a bill to gut the BLM’s landmark rule to combat wasted natural gas on national […]

Wyoming lawmakers should support BLM’s methane waste rule and seize the millions of dollars that are on the table

When your state is discussing which agencies will get budget cuts, is currently toying with making massive cuts to the athletics program of your only NCAA-Division I school in the state, has already cut $36 million from the public school system, and attempted (and was vehemently defeated) to levy a state tax on groceries, one […]

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