Category: Dispatch

Ex-Lobbyist Bernhardt New Interior Department Chief

April 12, 2019 — David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and gas industry who has drawn intense criticism for alleged conflicts of interest during his stint as a top official in the Trump administration’s Department ofMore

Group Sues Over Drilling Near Mount St. Helens

April 9, 2019 — A conservation group is suing the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for approving a Canadian company’s request to explore for gold and other minerals just outside the Mount St. Helens NationalMore

Controversial Utah Ski Expansion On Hold—For Now

April 5, 2019 — The owners of a small Utah ski area have apparently withdrawn a request for a Forest Service permit that would clear the way for a major expansion into a roadless area of the Uinta-Wasatch-CacheMore

Judge Blocks Drilling Over Climate Concerns

March 21, 2019 — In a ruling that could reverberate across federally managed lands, a U.S. district court judge on Monday found that the Bureau of Land Management must take climate change into account when deciding whether toMore

West Virginia Hydro Project Rejected

March 15, 2019 — The Forest Service has rejected a proposal to build a $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia, saying the project would harm rare species and degrade federally protected wetlands. FreedomWorks LLC,More

Court Rules Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again

February 26, 2019 — The bad news keeps coming for backers of a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span the Appalachian Mountains. Yesterday, a federal appellate court declined to reconsider its earlier finding that the Forest ServiceMore

Forest Service Proposes Reopening Road Through Grizzly Habitat

February 22, 2019 — The southern border isn’t the only place where Trump Administration proposals are stirring controversy. Last week, officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued a draft record of decision to rebuild a long-abandoned stretchMore

Majority Support Keeping Roadless Rule in Place for Tongass

February 19, 2019 — More than 140,000 people submitted comments or signed petitions on a proposal to revise or rescind a rule that protects wild stretches of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from road-building and logging, with the majorityMore

BLM Withdraws New Mexico Oil and Gas Leases

February 11, 2019 — Facing pressure from conservationists, Native American tribes and members of Congress, Bureau of Land Management officials have decided not to offer oil and natural gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in NewMore