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March 13, 2019 by

NEW DOCUMENTS: Interior Officials Ignored Utah Bureau of Land Management Officials in Slashing Grand Staircase

Western Values Project released a new analysis and public documents from the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showing the Trump administration ignored valuable input and recommendations by career officials when it illegally reduced Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by one million acres.

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March 12, 2019 by

Utah Bureau of Land Management Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument FOIA Documents

3_Utah Resp to DataCall re Review of NMs copy Mail – National Economic Reports GSENM Eco Rpt_BLM review final.Ex.5DP_Redacted copy 1.3 InitialDataCall re Review of NM_GSENM copy 1.2 ExecutiveSummaryforGSENM copy

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March 12, 2019 by

Trump Administration Can’t Wipe Away Their Anti-Public Lands Record

In an attempt to whitewash the Trump administration’s abysmal record on public lands and wildlife, the President is expected to sign a major bipartisan public lands package.

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March 8, 2019 by

Western Governors Have Good Reason to Be Uneasy with Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt

David Bernhardt, President Trump’s nominee for Interior Secretary, is so toxic that even former and current GOP governors publicly criticized Bernhardt during his tenure as Interior Deputy Secretary. The public […]

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March 8, 2019 by

House Passes Important Ethics Regulations

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019,” which addresses and aims to reform some of the most egregious ethical loopholes used by Trump administration appointees, including ex-lobbyist turned Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, to benefit special interests and corporate lobbyists.

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March 7, 2019 by

Bernhardt’s Interior Already Implementing Political Review of Public Records Responses

Just one day before a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt requesting that the department reconsider and scrap a proposed rule that would limit public records requests, Western Values Project (WVP) received a notice from Interior that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request would be delayed to allow a political appointee to review the response.

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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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