POLITICO. Tribal treaty rights and federal trust responsibility are spared as the nomination of William Perry Pendley is withdrawn by the White House.
The Intercept. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nominee, William Perry Pendley, insinuates that Tribal treaty rights should be taken down and suggests removing the federal trust responsibility — Why?
Sierra Sun Times. "The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pressing ahead with its plans to proceed with the lease sale by beginning the public comment period, ignoring numerous calls for the agency to pause or extend comment periods until after the pandemic."
The Guardian. "The Trump administration has ratcheted up its efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic to overhaul and overturn Obama-era environmental regulations and increase industry access to public lands."
NPR Utah. Legal researchers say that the new management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante do not properly protect the resources as required by federal law.
These southern Utah sites were once off-limits to development. Now, Trump will auction the right to drill and graze there.
Washington Post. "The Interior Department finalized plans Thursday that will expand drilling, mining and grazing in areas of southern Utah that had once been protected" by the original Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalate national monuments.
DC Report. "Bureau of Land Management is leasing land to oil and gas companies in parts of Utah rich with archaeological sites at fire-sale prices that haven't been adjusted for inflation since 1987."
The Hill. "A coalition of 91 groups with ties to public lands sent a letter Monday asking that acting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) head William Pendley immediately resign or face removal from his post."
NPR Utah. Why are we having a firesale of public lands in San Juan County? “This area has more archaeological sites than any other area open to oil and gas drilling in the United States." - Josh Ewing, Friends of Cedar Mesa.
Energy development in Utah could grow by 280 square miles after federal lease auction nets $1.5M in bids
Salt Lake Tribune. "The BLM has yet to fully survey these lands for ancient Native American [sacred objects]; critics charge that the agency is putting these cultural resources at risk and promoting energy development over other uses, such as historic preservation and recreation."