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There’s a buzz of curiosity in the West as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke considers possible relocation options for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters, a plan that has garnered bipartisan support from elected officials out west. Speaking to The Salt Lake City Tribune, Zinke named two potential locations for BLM’s headquarters relocation, “perhaps in Salt Lake City or Denver.”
Backers of a controversial lawsuit aiming to provide the Colorado River personhood rights admitted recently that their legal endeavor faced long odds of success. A lawyer closely associated with the suit, Jason Flores-Williams, a lawyer representing Deep Green Resistance, told the Post Independent, “The court isn’t going to just give us anything. How we won’t lose is not based on whatever will happen inside the courtroom, but what happens outside of it.”
The Bureau of Land Management has a new acting director after Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tapped Brian Steed to take over. Steed, formerly chief of staff for Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), will replace Mike Nedd, acting director for BLM since March.
A University of Wyoming researcher and the head of one of the largest trade associations in the country told a Senate committee today that air emission reductions could be achieved through technological advances, offering real world examples in research and development and company-level deployment. Experts appeared at the hearing, “Promoting American Leadership in Reducing Air Emissions Through Innovation,” before the Senate’s powerful Environment and Public Works committee.
A group of former Environmental Protection Agency lawyers sent a letter this week to Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to “revise” his October directive ending the agency’s “sue and settle” regulatory settlements with environmental groups. Calling the directive “unfair, unrealistic, and ultimately counterproductive,” the former EPA attorneys said it was up to the agency to avoid litigation by meeting statutory deadlines and fulfilling regulatory duties, and that Pruitt’s directive would decrease transparency.
A new database for tracking attacks and other incidents involving the nation’s energy infrastructure launched in late October, according to Energy Builders, a coalition of energy infrastructure providers. The Energy Builders’ Energy Infrastructure Incident Reporting Center (EIIRC), intended to be a warehouse for gathering publicly sourced information, independent reporting, and firsthand accounts, will be “dedicated to tracking and exposing attacks on critical energy infrastructure.”
A New Mexico Senator and national environmental groups touted the benefits of oil and gas production within the state even as they called for more regulations in a press call Thursday. The Environmental Defense Fund hosted the call, joined by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D) to announce a report the activist group said would raise revenues and decrease methane emissions.