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February 25, 2019 by

Bernhardt’s Interior Ignores Own Representations to Court Over Public Records Deadline

Ahead of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s confirmation hearings, the Department of Interior has yet again failed to comply with federal open records laws for official communications between Bernhardt, his former clients, Interior officials and other special interests.

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February 20, 2019 by

ICYMI: Watchdog Group Calls for Ethics Investigation into Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

E&E News is reporting that ethics watchdog Campaign for Accountability (CFA) submitted a complaint yesterday, February 19, to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Interior Inspector General (IG) and Interior’s […]

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February 12, 2019 by

WVP Statement on Senate Permanently Reauthorizing the LWCF

Following news that the Senate just passed a public lands package 92-8 that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and that also protects millions of acres […]

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February 12, 2019 by

BREAKING: Top Interior Official David Bernhardt Caught Carrying Water for Former Client

Conflict-ridden Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt has been working on rolling back endangered species protections for the Delta Smelt, a policy change that directly favors his former client, Westlands Water […]

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February 6, 2019 by

Western Values Project Calls for Immediate LWCF Reauthorization

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 99 to 1 on a procedural vote to begin considering a public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund […]

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February 5, 2019 by

ICYMI: Daines’s Push for Keeping Parks Open During Shutdown Resulted in Lasting Damage, Wasted Money

Last week, The Montana Free Press reported that Senator Steve Daines took credit for Interior’s legally questionable decision to dip into National Park Service (NPS) entrance fees to fund daily […]

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February 4, 2019 by

WVP Statement on David Bernhardt’s Nomination for Interior Secretary

Following breaking news that President Donald Trump nominated David Bernhardt as the new Secretary of the Interior, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger issued the following statement: “With his […]

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January 31, 2019 by

Western Values Project Statement in Response to Interior Inspector General Report on Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument Reduction

Today, Interior’s Office of Inspector General issued a full report of its findings in an investigation of the Trump administration’s illegal reduction and modification of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). […]

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January 29, 2019 by

ICYMI: Trump and Bureau of Land Management Reinstating Lawbreaking Extremists’ Federal Grazing Permits

By allowing these lawbreaking extremists back on public lands, the Trump administration is sending the message that politics will always trump our American birthright.

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January 28, 2019 by

Western Values Project To Interior: Keep Public Records Public

Interior Department Proposes Rule to Limit Access to Public Records Western Values Project (WVP) submitted a formal comment opposing the Interior Department’s recent proposal that would significantly reshape how the […]

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