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October 16, 2018 by

Western Values Project Statement on Suspect Replacement of Interior Inspector General

Earlier today, The Hill reported that Interior’s Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall would be replaced by Suzanne Israel Tufts, a Trump appointee from the Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

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October 15, 2018 by

Secrecy Since Day One: New Exposé Reveals Ryan Zinke’s Secret Calendar

Over the weekend a CNN story, based in part on Western Values Project analysis of public records, revealed that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repeatedly kept meetings off of his official […]

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October 15, 2018 by

Zinke Taps Land Transfer Bundy-Backer for Interior Deputy Solicitor Post

On late Friday afternoon, multiple media outlets reported that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had tapped controversial land seizure lawyer Karen Budd-Falen to be Deputy Solicitor for Wildlife and Parks, a […]

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October 10, 2018 by

Western Values Project and American Oversight Sue Interior for Records Related to Zinke’s Alleged Corruption

Western Values Project (WVP), a Montana-based conservation group, represented by watchdog American Oversight, today filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) to investigate whether Interior Secretary Ryan […]

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October 2, 2018 by

ICYMI: Watchdog Writes to Defense Department for Information on Zinke’s National Security Role

Western Values Project sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense and Navy Secretary after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke floated the idea that the U.S. Navy could impose a blockade on Russia, if necessary, to prevent their energy from reaching markets.

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October 1, 2018 by

Beloved Public Lands and Parks Conservation Program Expires; Faux “Conservationist” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Missing in Action

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which has successfully funded over 41,000 conservation and lands projects at the federal, state and regional levels over the past five decades, failed to receive reauthorization by the September 30th deadline.

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September 25, 2018 by

Western Values Project Calls on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Protect Badger-Two Medicine for Good

In a ruling announced today, a judge sided with a Louisiana-based corporation, Solenex LLC,  allowing them to drill on an oil and gas lease granted in the 1980s. The lease […]

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September 20, 2018 by

NPS Nominee Has Troubling History of Keeping Public in the Dark, Giving Taxpayer-Funded Freebies to “VIPs”

Today, the Western Values Project released new research on Raymond “David” Vela, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the National Park Service (NPS), onto the Department of Influence website. If […]

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September 18, 2018 by

Interior Revises Methane Waste Rule, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions

Today, Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department essentially repealed the commonsense Methane Waste Prevention Rule, a rule that required oil and gas companies to limit the leaking or flaring of methane on public lands […]

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September 13, 2018 by

ICYMI: Bernhardt Cancels Speech at Eleventh Hour for Unknown Ethics Reasons

Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, who was supposed to give the keynote speech at the Colorado River District’s forum tomorrow, had to cancel at the eleventh hour due to ethics […]

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