Oversight Committee responds to Obama Antiquities Act abuses in federal land grabs

In his letters to Jewell and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Chaffetz asserts two key federal laws governing public purpose, public participation and environmental review were ignored with Wednesday’s designation of the monuments in Utah and Nevada.  “(The laws) provide for a more thoughtful determination, whereas the Antiquities Act was meant to be reserved for emergency scenarios,” the […]

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Astroturf Tribes: Big corporations, enviros, not Native Americans driving Bears Ears Monument

White-dominated environmental pressure groups use of Native Americans’ race to pursue their agendas, such as Bears Ears, is disturbing. “Since those involved in the environmental movement are overwhelmingly white, I argue that they too have been vulnerable to this same unconscious desire for an uncomplicated, Disney-fied existence [for Native Americans],” Grande notes. “The presumed power of whites to define ‘Indian-ness’ […]

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Trump the Monument: Local outcry grows following Obama Bears Ears declaration

Critics believe that one way or another, the monument designation will not be lasting — and whatever environmental legacy Obama wanted to leave will be lost. “His name and signature will perish in the wind and set with the sun forever,” said Suzie Johnson, a Native American. Several Native American speakers said Obama’s action stole their land, and tribal colleagues […]

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EPA: Extreme Politics Agency

“Government employees and contractors at universities appear to be rubber-stamping EPA’s distorted claims,” Milloy wrote in the forward of his new book, which has been endorsed by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe and former EPA science panel Chairman Dr. George Wolff.  New book exposes how EPA distorts science to fit its political goals The Environmental Protection Agency has based its […]

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Gosar hopes to spur La Paz County economy with BLM land transfer

Approximately 5.3 percent of land in La Paz County is privately owned. The balance is state, federal and Tribal land. “With the control of this land we can go out and try to attract businesses to come into the county to help generate revenue,” Irwin said. “In La Paz, we don’t have a big tax base and we are looking […]

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EPA employees, other agencies skirt law, delete millions of official records

That’s “clearly a conflict of interest,” said Chaim Mandelbaum, counsel for the non-profit government watchdog Energy and Environment Legal Group. Mandelbaum’s group focuses on transparency and accountability issues in the federal government.  “My feeling is that it’s far more likely (than not) that the law was circumvented — it’s just impossible to prove because you lack the evidence,” Mandelbaum, who […]

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BLM dumps ‘experimental’ survey method on Alaska that will be costly for state, private property owners

State officials said Tuesday the new system will pass huge costs to the state and private landowners. They said GPS coordinates are considered temporary placeholders, and state or private landowners will ultimately be required to hire surveyors to install the legally defensible monuments identifying property boundaries.  “The savings being realized by BLM are simply passing the costs onto the state,” […]

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BLM still harassing Jeanette Finicum a year following her husband’s killing by government agents

Rather than allow Jeanette to take over the grazing allotments after LaVoy’s death, state BLM representatives said she was not considered the heir to the allotments, even though she was the widow of one. They told her the grazing permits terminated upon his death and that she would have to start at square one with the application process to graze […]

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Oregon: Grant County supervisor, judge block citizen input in forest stewardship

While the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge grabbed the world’s attention, a quieter struggle over federal lands is being waged by those trying to use elections and the levers of government. Their grandparents and great-grandparents wrested a living from the West’s rugged landscape.  But now, the forest commissioners say, the government is tightening access to the same […]

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Utah Republicans plan to counteract possible Obama move on Bears Ears

Worried that Obama will aggressively act on his way out the door, opponents like Lee are now gearing up for a protracted fight to amend or repeal the law, and are even vowing to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration to overturn monuments already named by Obama.  They are paying special attention to Obama’s next rumored target for a […]

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