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July 25, 2017 by

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 […]

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July 19, 2017 by

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 […]

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July 14, 2017 by

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 […]

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July 7, 2017 by

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 […]

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June 28, 2017 by

Rigged: Industry’s real burden – low energy prices

Over the past few years, the oil and gas industry – aided by its army of lobbyists and millions of dollars in campaign donations – has spun a fabulous tale […]

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June 21, 2017 by

Rigged: Industry already has the keys to the kingdom

Two weeks ago, in an eleventh-hour decision, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) bowed to opposition from Governor Herbert of Utah, several communities in southwestern Utah and 25 local businesses […]

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April 6, 2017 by

Top Oregon legal officials see no case to sue for national lands

According to information obtained through public records requests of members of the Conference of Western Attorney’s General (CWAG), the office of the Oregon Attorney General does not believe that the […]

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September 15, 2016 by

Report: States need more resilient public lands economies

New analysis from the Western Values Project reveals that in the Rocky Mountain West low oil and gas prices have taken a toll on state mineral development as well as […]

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September 14, 2016 by

The Public Lands Initiative is too much, too late and unlikely to pass

Utah Representative Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative (PLI) is “too much, too late” and is an unrealistic attempt to protect the endangered artifacts and cultural resources of the Bears Ears […]

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September 8, 2016 by

(Still) Open for business: Implementation of the BLM’s Sage Grouse Plans Continues to Allow for Multiple-Use Public Lands Management

A new report released today by the Western Values Project titled “Open For Business,” found, despite the false claims made by oil industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress that […]

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