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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Today, Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department essentially repealed the commonsense Methane Waste Prevention Rule, a rule that required oil and gas companies to limit the leaking or flaring of methane on public lands […]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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September 12, 2018 by

Royalty Policy Committee Holds Fourth Public Meeting to Help Industry, Shortchange Taxpayers

Interior Has Been Sued for Stacking the Deck with Too Many Industry Representatives, New RPC Chairman Just Another Major Oil and Gas Ally The Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) […]

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September 10, 2018 by

Lobbyist-Turned-Interior-Deputy David Bernhardt’s Dirty Record After One Year

Western Values Project (WVP) released a report documenting all of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt’s apparent conflicts-of-interest since he started working at Interior slightly over a year ago. A former lobbyist, Interior Secretary Zinke’s dirty deputy has been a controversial figure ever since his nomination to Interior’s number-two position.

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August 27, 2018 by

Key Interior Staff Leaving Zinking Ship

Today, E&E News reported that Downey Magallanes, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s deputy chief of staff for policy, is leaving Interior to work in the private sector. News of her departure […]

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August 15, 2018 by

Western Values Project Statement on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments Draft Management Plans

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management just released draft resource management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, which includes a report that highlights the development potential […]

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August 10, 2018 by

Scandal-Plagued Secretary Zinke Headline Speaker at Koch-backed Event

Today, as scandals and ethics investigations swirl around him, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will deliver the keynote address at the Koch-funded Steamboat Institute’s 10th Annual Freedom Conference & Festival. The […]

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August 8, 2018 by

Scandals swirl around Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as he tours Colorado

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been traveling the great state of Colorado this week and on Friday, August 10, he will deliver an address at the Koch-backed Steamboat […]

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