Say what you will about the rest of the Friday budget deal negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner with President Obama and congressional Democrats, but Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, sees one very bright silver lining in it - It puts a road block in the way of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's attempt to create new environmental law via regulatory fiat. Read More
House Republicans are moving to defund Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's recent attempt to create out of regulatory whole cloth a new category of public lands known as "Wild Lands."
The policy would potentially put another 220 million acres of public lands located mostly in the resource rich areas of western states off limits for any kind of development. Read More
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is the Colorado Democrat tapped by President Obama to manage the federal department that controls more land than many countries can claim within their borders. He's known for not infrequently wearing a cowboy hat and boots. Read More
WHO: U.S. Minerals Management Service
WHAT: The federal government could lose millions of dollars owed from natural gas production on public lands because it does not promptly determine and collect when it gets shortchanged. The Government Accountability Office reported Monday that Minerals Management Service does not have the tools or staff necessary to check that companies are paying the government what it’s owed in royalties. Read More