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  • Employee of liberal activist group charged with assaulting Zinke staffer

    03/20/2018 5:47:25 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/20/18 | Julia Manchester
    An operative for American Bridge 21st Century (Founder DAVID BROCK), a pro-Democrat political action committee, has been charged with assaulting a staffer working for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to the Associated Press. Wilfred Stark was charged with simple assault after he allegedly approached Zinke, yelling at him, outside of a hearing. Stark then “used his full body to push” Zinke's spokeswoman, Heather Swift, as she moved to leave the room, according to the police report cited by the AP. “He is a big guy. He came up behind me fast, aggressive and very physical,” Swift said in a statement...
  • Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

    02/14/2018 6:37:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2018 7:35 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that largely ignores state boundaries. Zinke wants to divide most of the department’s 70,000 employees and their responsibilities into 13 regions based on rivers and ecosystems, instead of the current map based mostly on state lines. The proposal would relocate many of the Interior Department’s top decision-makers from Washington to still-undisclosed cities in the West. The headquarters of some of its major bureaus also would...
  • Trump administration to offer 76M acres for offshore drilling, largest lease sale in U.S. history

    10/24/2017 8:28:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Trump administration is putting more than 76 million acres of federal water up for lease in the largest offshore drilling initiative in American history. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the massive lease sale, slated for March 2018, on Tuesday morning, and said the move is a key component of the administration’s effort to tap U.S. energy reserves and reap the economic benefits that come along with them.
  • Zinke Signs Secretarial Order to Expand Land Access and Enhance Conservation

    09/20/2017 8:03:24 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 40 replies
    On Fri., Sept. 15, Secretary of the Interior (SOI) Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, continuing the Department of Interior’s (DOI) efforts to support sportsmen and women and enhance conservation stewardship. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing and puts a greater emphasis on the promoting outdoor activities among youth, veterans and minority communities. -----SNIP----- As noted in the DOI press release, SO 3356 directs bureaus within the department to: 1. Within 120 days produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and...
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Farmers, ranchers have ‘unprecedented’ meeting with Ag, Interior secretaries

    06/06/2017 4:29:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Capital Press ^ | June 5, 2017 | Sean Ellis
    Ten Idaho and farmers and ranchers spent an hour meeting with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke June 2. They covered a wide range of topics important to the state’s and nation’s farming industries. Farmers and ranchers described a private meeting with two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet members June 2 as unprecedented and historic. Instead of addressing the group, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listened and took notes, according to those who were there. “They just didn’t have an agenda. They truly wanted to listen to us,” said Aberdeen potato farmer...
  • Interior Dept Hired A Registered Sex Offender Who Kept Getting Arrested And Didn’t Tell Anyone

    12/23/2016 10:33:33 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Dec. 23, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of the Interior (DOI) hired a registered sex offender who hid the fact he was arrested three more times and convicted of two domestic violence felonies while working for the government, according to an investigation. “Our investigation confirmed that the employee is a convicted felon, is a registered sex offender and is currently on probation with the State of Colorado,” DOI’s inspector general (IG) wrote in a short summary of an investigation into a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee. BLM hired the male employee, who is not named, in 2011, and he had not been on probation...
  • Obama administration’s fracking rules struck down by federal judge

    06/21/2016 8:13:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2016 | Victor Morton
    In the latest rebuke of the Obama administration’s expansive view of executive power, a federal judge has struck down the Interior Department’s effort to regulate fracking for oil and natural gas. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming already had put a hold on the regulations last year, and in a decision released late Tuesday, he ruled that Congress did not give Interior the power to regulate hydraulic fracturing, indeed it had expressly withheld that power with some narrow exceptions.
  • Obama to issue flurry of energy regulations this summer

    05/22/2015 10:09:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    This summer will be busy for the Obama administration’s energy and environmental regulators, with numerous high-profile rule releases planned. Between June and August, regulators hope to fill out the Obama administration’s agenda with major rules on greenhouse gases, the oil and natural gas sectors, coal production, and other policy priorities, according to a rule-making schedule released by the White House late Thursday. The administration’s main climate change rule from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would slash greenhouse gases in the power sector by 30 percent, is due out in August. That aligns with the timeline EPA officials, including Administrator Gina...
  • Obama admin. sued by Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper over Gunnison sage grouse

    12/13/2014 10:21:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made good Friday on his promise to sue the federal government over its hotly contested move to list the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The Colorado Attorney General’s office filed a notice of intent to sue with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Fish and Wildlife Service director Daniel M. Ashe, arguing that the agency’s Nov. 12 decision to list the bird as threatened was flawed and failed to appreciate fully the impact of aggressive state and local conservation efforts. “The Service failed to use the best available science in its listing...
  • Interior Secretary Orders ‘Right Balance’ of Energy Development on Public Lands

    11/01/2013 9:13:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 1, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday announced a “mitigation strategy” for development projects, including natural gas and oil production, on public lands. It was her first formal “secretarial order” since taking the job. “Today we have an unprecedented opportunity – using science and technology to create a better understanding of landscapes than ever before – to advance important conservation goals and achieve our development objectives together,” Jewell said in a speech at the National Press Club. She said it’s a question of striking the “right balance” between development and conservation and helping businesses to be “good partners and...
  • Wolves kill 176 sheep near Victor, greatest loss recorded in Idaho

    08/20/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 136 replies
    AP via KTVB ^ | 8/20/13 | AP
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor....
  • Obama picks REI executive Sally Jewell to lead Interior Department

    02/06/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Jewell has served as the outdoor retailer's CEO since 2005. She started her career as a petroleum engineer working in the oil fields of Oklahoma and Colorado for Mobil Oil Corp. She then moved to the banking industry, before joining the REI board in 1996 and becoming chief operations officer four years later.
  • ‘Wild Lands 2.0': Defeated Salazar Policy Resurrected in Back-Door BLM Move

    08/03/2012 3:17:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Western lawmakers are crying foul over new Interior Department guidelines that resurrect the controversial Wild Lands policy that was killed by Congress in April 2011. Bureau of Land Management manuals uncovered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) include language nearly identical to the draft proposal put forth by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in December 2010. The “Wild Lands” policy was intended to identify and manage wilderness areas while circumventing the normal — and transparent — congressional process. Pulling manuals from the BLM site on July 31, the lawmakers compared the policies and found the new language...
  • White House Lied, Jobs Died

    05/10/2012 5:02:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While the White House and its media water-carriers try to distract the American public with gay-marriage talk and half-century-old tales of Mitt Romney's prep school pranks, the inconvenient truth remains: President Obama is responsible for perpetrating jaw-dropping, job-killing scientific fraud. And his minions are still trying to cover it up. New internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration's doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior's Inspector General's office — was itself incomplete, misleading and unsubstantiated. Even more damning, the documents reveal that...
  • US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land

    05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | May 4, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow. The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. ~~snip~~The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on...
  • Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl

    02/28/2012 8:08:37 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 5:46 PM | unattributed
    To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years. A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the...
  • Interior Department reviewing allegations in delta smelt case (department scientists lied?)

    10/14/2011 8:18:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LaTimes ^ | 10/14/11 | Bettina Boxall
    An Interior Department official said Thursday the agency will ask independent experts to review allegations by a federal judge that the testimony of two department scientists was so inconsistent and contradictory it amounted to deliberate deception. U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger attacked the credibility of the biologists last month shortly before retiring from the bench. At a hearing on a motion in a court case involving delta smelt protections, Wanger called one of the scientists a "zealot" and accused the agency of engaging in "bad faith."
  • Judge's blistering rebuke of two federal scientists stokes fires under Obama administration

    09/23/2011 6:34:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Mike Taugher
    With a House Republican loading political ammunition in a national fight over government science, Interior Department officials said Friday they would stand by the work of two scientists whose integrity was attacked recently by a federal judge overseeing the Delta water wars. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, in a lengthy and strongly worded assault Sept. 16, said the two scientists deliberately misled him when they urged him not to weaken new rules meant to help imperiled Delta smelt in wet years like this one. He called one scientist, Jennifer Norris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a "zealot" who...
  • Critics celebrate death of Salazar's wildlands policy

    06/01/2011 3:56:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 1, 2011
    WASHINGTON — The Utah men who were the first in the nation to swing a legal sledgehammer to controversial wildlands policy No. 3310 are celebrating its demise, saying it's gratifying to see how the right kind of pressure can effect such a reversal. "It's tremendous. It's the best news I have heard for a long time," said Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee. "We are very pleased." Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday directed the Bureau of Land Management to abstain from designating any "wildlands" on public lands under its purview. Instead, he said the federal agency will work with Congress...