Western Values Project requests records on Secretary Zinke’s threats to Alaska, prepares for legal action

The Western Values Project (WVP) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all records related to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s threats against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. If the Interior Department does not fulfill the request within 20 business days as legally required, WVP is prepared to take legal action. Read […]

ICYMI: Interior Secretary Zinke faces questions after threatening “retribution” against Alaska Senators

In case you missed it, the Alaska Dispatch News is reporting this morning that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened “retribution” against Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both Republicans) over Murkowski’s votes on health care legislation. From the Dispatch: Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican […]

ICYMI: Secretary Zinke refuses to release energy report, obscuring evidence of giveaways to special interests

In case you missed it, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke refused to release a report reviewing agency actions that potentially “burden” energy development. The report was required as part of an Executive Order on American “Energy Independence” issued by President Trump earlier this year. An Interior Department spokeswoman is claiming that the report is an internal document that […]

Rigged: Access to drill

Secretary Zinke has already announced that he plans to make oil and gas development the “dominant” use of America’s public lands.  One could be forgiven for thinking that was not already the case.  Oil and gas companies have already leased 27.2 million acres of public lands – a land mass nearly equal in size to […]

ICYMI: Questions remain for embattled Interior nominee Bernhardt on lobbying record

Senate should delay vote until nominee answers questions Questions remain after new evidence surfaced late last week showing nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt may have continued to lobby Congress and the White House after canceling his registration as a lobbyist. Despite these unanswered questions, Senate […]

Breaking: New documents show nominee for top Interior job may have lied to Congress, violated Lobbying Disclosure Act

Western Values Project calls on Senate to delay confirmation vote based on new evidence In a letter sent to Senators Murkowski and Cantwell, the Western Values Project called on the Senate to delay a confirmation vote for David Bernhardt, nominee for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior. The letter comes after the Campaign […]

Rigged: Taxpayers pay for Big Oil companies’ profits from public lands

National parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas, as well as the minerals beneath them, belong to all Americans. The federal government holds these lands and resources in trust and is supposed to manage them for our benefit and the benefit of future generations. One need look no further than the paychecks of top […]

Rigged: Big Oil, Big Subsidies

Every year, oil and gas companies make billions of dollars in profits from drilling on America’s public lands.  Yet, American taxpayers continue to subsidize these companies with bargain-basement royalty and rental rates. Oil and gas companies are passing the buck with minimum lease bids that are well below market value and reclamation bonds that impose […]

ICYMI: Utah Republican legislators caught bashing Trump/Zinke efforts

Emails reveal Utah legislative leaders bashing Secretary Zinke, opposing executive action, and letting special interests write legislation Email correspondence (available here and here) obtained by the Western Values Project (WVP) reveals that behind the scenes Utah legislative leaders have been bashing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, opposing the use of executive orders and letting special interests write […]

Rigged: Deadbeat tenants

Industry loves to complain about regulatory burdens and “red tape” on federal public lands. The reality, however, is that these same companies are systematically exploiting loopholes, subsidies and other special advantages that they enjoy. The system is actually rigged in such a way that allows companies to lease millions of acres of public lands for […]

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