Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante at top of Zinke monuments review

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday there’s “no doubt” he is visiting Utah to talk to people about the controversial Bears Ears National Monument designation, which he said lays at the heart of a 45-day interim review President Donald S. Trump is ordering on monuments. Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday […]

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Local View: Recapture Canyon NOT reopened, Zinke hiding behind ‘PR smokescreen’

The problem is that none of the trails shown on the map were part of the Recapture emergency closure in 2007. Matter of fact these roads and trails have never been closed. So what did the citizens of San Juan County get out of this so called good news? Not one thing we didn’t already have. Monte Wells The Petroglyph […]

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Trump’s DOI Secretary ends coal moratorium, opens way for oil and gas renaissance

“Secretarial Order 3348 overturns the 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends the programmatic environmental impacts statement that was set to be completed no sooner than 2019..” by Marjorie Haun Department of Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Representative from Montana, has made it clear that he intends to implement President Trump’s America-first energy plan. […]

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Fossil Fuels Ascending: BLM Acting Director puts renewables on back burner

President Trump this week ordered BLM to “expeditiously” rescind its hydraulic fracturing regulations and review its methane venting and flaring rule. Zinke also ended the moratorium on new coal leasing, revoked the department’s policy on offsetting development impacts on natural resources, and ordered a review of all its rules on climate change, mitigation and energy development. Scott Streater Energy & […]

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From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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Zinke gives hope to coal country, approves $22 million lease in Central Utah

“For many communities and tribes in Utah, Montana, New Mexico and other states across the west, coal on public lands has been both a boon and a missed opportunity. With the potential for thousands of jobs and millions in economic opportunity, the Interior Department is committed to balancing the development and conservation of these resources. The Greens Hollow lease sale […]

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Letter to Zinke: Bears Ears is a special interest ‘scheme,’ not the will of the people

As the details emerge of the new Monument, it is clear that scheming special interest groups have been crafting the details of this Monument for years. These special interest groups, who derided the County Commissioners over their concerns about such basic things as roads, hunting, and wood gathering, are now feverishly filing law suits and gathering petitions to coerce the […]

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Zinke affirms support for unconstitutional federal control of America’s lands

Excessive federal ownership is not only illegal; it is also bad policy. Federal land management is subject to the constant buffeting of special-interest politics, and the effects on management can be dreadful. As Zinke conceded in his congressional testimony, the national parks are suffering from years of neglect. Throughout the West — including Zinke’s own state of Montana — you […]

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Interior nominee promises to revisit Obama monuments takeovers

“I’m absolutely committed to restoring trust. If confirmed, I’ve committed to go out to Utah first, and talk to the governor and talk to the people on the ground, and come back and make a recommendation to the President.” Ryan Zinke In this CSPAN video, Utah Senator Mike Lee questions President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Montana Congressman […]

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OPINION: How does Zinke stack up as Interior Secretary nominee?

After lecturing Trump on the abuse of executive power, President Obama exercised his executive power to set aside over 1.5 million acres as the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte National Monument near Las Vegas. These two monuments bring Obama’s total to 30, more than any other president. As Susie Philemon, Navajo tribe member, explains, “The federal government […]

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