Interior Secretary prospect Ryan Zinke’s Super PAC raises questions about ethics and self-dealing

For a man nominated to lead an agency with over 70,000 employees and a budget surpassing $20 billion, Ryan Zinke’s management resume includes some pretty questionable ethical practices that raise significant questions about his ability to manage conflicts of interest at the Department of Interior. Can the American people expect more of the same, or […]

Ken Ivory’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

Like his fellow Utah land-grabber Rob Bishop, 2016 was not kind to Utah state legislator and American Lands Council co-founder Ken Ivory. His $14 million taxpayer funded fantasy land-grab lawsuit has been resoundingly criticized, the organization he founded to push his land transfer agenda is hemorrhaging memberships, and the apparent Interior Secretary under President Trump […]

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 […]

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