Western Leaders Welcome Zinke Review Of Obama Sage Grouse Policies

by Aileen Yeung June 21, 2017

Bureau of Land Management

Western officials critical of the sage grouse plans finalized under the Obama administration expressed cautious optimism regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recent secretarial order that directs a review of conservation plans for the bird in 11 Western states. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he “appreciates” that Zinke’s review includes collaboration with states, and that Zinke “has taken time to review my letters regarding sage grouse.”

Interior Secretary Envisions U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’

by Aileen Yeung June 20, 2017

Department of the Interior

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlined his vision for making America a “dominant” global energy force in an interview with Reuters yesterday. “Energy dominance gives us the ability to supply our allies with energy, as well as to leverage our aggressors, or in some cases our enemies, like Iran,” Zinke said, encouraging drilling and mining on federal lands.

Farm Bureau: Right-To-Farm Ruling ‘A Win For The Entire Agricultural Community And Those Who Benefit From It’

by Staff June 19, 2017


A six-member district court jury sided with a Colorado chicken farmer and affirmed his right to farm earlier this month, ending a multi-year lawsuit that carried implications for farmers, as well as business owners beyond agriculture, across the state. “The ruling is not only a win for the Hostetler family, but a win for the entire agricultural community and those who benefit from it,” Shawn Martini, vice president of advocacy for Colorado Farm Bureau, told Western Wire.

Broomfield Official Remains Defiant After Emails With Anti-Fracking Activist Exposed

by STAFF June 16, 2017


A local official in Broomfield, Colo., is under fire this week for his conversations with an environmental activist who has advocated violence against oil and natural gas workers. At a June 13 meeting, Councilman Kevin Kreeger faced criticism for communicating with Andrew O’Connor before and after the activist’s call in a letter to the editor for oil and gas opponents to “blow up wells and eliminate fracking and workers.”

Utah Officials Applaud Interior Recommendation To Shrink Bears Ears National Monument

by Staff June 15, 2017


Earlier this week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah following a preliminary review ordered by the Trump administration. “I spent a lot of time on the ground in Utah, talking with people and understanding the natural and cultural significance of the area,” Zinke said in a June 12 statement.

New Mexico Receives Millions In Oil And Gas Revenues After Months Of Activist Delay Tactics

by Aileen Yeung June 14, 2017

Shutterstock / Sherry Talbot

A Bureau of Land Management oil and natural gas lease sale in Roswell, New Mexico, last September had generated $145.6 million in revenue, but the $69.9 million payment to New Mexico was delayed for months because of protests by activist groups opposed to oil and natural gas development. Today, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration confirmed to Western Wire that the payment has been received by the state.