8/29/19: methane

Western Leaders Network statement opposing EPA rollback of methane standards

New York Times: EPA to roll back regulations on methane, a potent greenhouse gas

8/22/19: methane

Taos Town Councilor Nathaniel Evans: Capture methane, generate funds for New Mexico students

8/16/19: public lands

Western Leaders Network submits public comment to Forest Service objecting to proposed modifications to NEPA

8/13/19: methane

Farmington Daily Times: Navajo community members urge state to follow through on methane regulations

8/2/19: greater sage grouse

Albany County Commissioner Pete Gosar: Interior plan sells out sage grouse habitat

7/26/19: methane

Farmington Daily Times: Durango, Aztec mayors call for tough methane regulations

The Durango Herald: This methane monster can’t see state borders

7/18/19: energy

Release: Western Leaders Network calls on House committee to support the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act

Letter to Congressmen Raul Grijalva, Rob Bishop

6/26/19: energy

Tom Udall, Senators introduce renewable electricity standard legislation

6/20/19: blm methane waste rule

Lawmakers challenge Trump roll back of methane waste prevention rule

6/12/19: greater sage grouse

Release: Western Leaders Network calls on Colorado BLM to defer oil and gas leases endangering sage grouse

4/14/19: public lands

Durango Herald: Wilderness bill gains momentum, lacks congressional bipartisan support

4/9/19: land and water conservation fund

Gardner, Manchin lead bipartisan bill to permanently fund LWCF

3/19/19: water

Denver Post: Colorado, Western states finalize landmark drought plan to voluntarily use less Colorado River water

3/15/19: greater sage grouse

E&E News: The Trump administration finalizes revisions to Obama-era sage grouse conservation plans, allowing for mining, drilling and other development

3/13/19: land and water conservation fund

President signs public lands omnibus bill that permanently reauthorizes LWCF, but budget proposal would gut funding

2/12/19: land and water conservation fund

The Hill: Senate votes to extend key mechanism for parks

2/11/19: oil and gas

Release: Western Slope local, elected officials call on Colorado to address oil and gas emissions statewide

Letter to SHER Task Force

The Aspen Times: West Slope officials push for stricter air quality regulations

Vail Daily: Local conservation leaders celebrate public lands win, push for cleaner air

Durango Herald: Western Slope leaders call for stricter regulations on oil, gas pollution

1/25/19: natural gas waste

Aztec Mayor Victor Snover: Balancing energy economies and healthy communities

1/10/19: greater sage-grouse protection

BLM extends deadline to challenge revisions to the Obama-era greater sage-grouse management plans

12/17/18: epa methane waste rule

Local, elected officials submit letter opposing the proposed rollback of the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rule

12/16/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Chris Giunchigliani: Bureau of Land Management shouldn’t mess with sage-grouse deal

12/7/18: greater sage-grouse protection

New York Times: Trump plans major rollback of sage grouse protections to spur oil exploration

Federal Register: Environmental Impact Statements, notice of availability

BLM: links to final environmental impact statements

11/29/18: national monuments

Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante faces an uncertain future as the public comment period ends

11/19/18: national monuments

More than 20 Utah local leaders file court briefs opposing shrinkage of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

10/18/18: land and water conservation fund

Letter: Local, elected officials urge Colorado U.S. Senators to permanently protect LWCF

Press release: Local Colorado electeds send letter to Sens. Bennet, Gardner urging action on LWCF

Board resolution: Gilpin County Commission supports permanent reauthorization of LWCF

Board resolution: Wheat Ridge City Council supports permanent reauthorization of LWCF

10/14/18: blm methane waste rule

Joan May: The Interior Department is hurting Colorado’s air quality

10/5/18: Greater sage-grouse protection

Boise State Public Radio: Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

9/18/18: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network statement on finalization of BLM methane rule rollback

Bureau of Land Management: final rule

9/11/18: epa methane waste rule

New York Times: Trump administration wants to make it easier to release methane into the air

Western Leaders Network statement on EPA methane standards rollback

9/4/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Wyoming to stick with sage grouse requirements


8/16/18: national monuments

Proposed management plans for Utah monuments released, draw criticism

Trump team offers a new vision for Utah's former Grand Staircase: nearly 700,000 acres would be open to mining or drilling

U.S. Bureau of Land Management: management plans for former Bears Ears National Monument

U.S. Bureau of Land Management: management plans for former Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument


8/9/18: Land and water conservation fund

Tim Corrigan: Public lands are region's lifeblood


8/2/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Colorado local elected officials send letter to BLM opposing weakened protections for sage grouse

8/1/18: blm methane waste rule

Aztec mayor opposes BLM methane rule rollback


7/28/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Daniel Corona: Keep sage-grouse plan in place


6/20/18: Greater sage-grouse protection

E&E News: Forest Service looks to follow BLM, revise Obama-era sage grouse plans

U.S. Forest Service: Notice of Intent


5/4/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Trump administration moves to weaken protections for the greater sage-grouse


4/23/18: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network's statement on the comment period ending on the proposed BLM methane rule rollback


4/12/18: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network's April 12, 2018 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke


3/26/18: EPA BUDGET

Congress approves spending bill that restores EPA funding

Western Leaders Network statement on EPA budget


3/19/18: statement on effort to recall gwen lachelt

Western Leaders Network board statement on effort to recall Gwen Lachelt


2/23/18: blm methane waste rule

Federal court overturns Trump administration's delay of BLM methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network statement on federal court ruling against methane waste rule delay

Letter from Mayor of Durango to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner supporting methane rule


2/12/18: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network statement on proposal to repeal BLM methane waste rule


1/16/18: national monuments

BLM launches effort on new management plans for Grand Staircase, Bears Ears

Western Leaders Network statement on BLM announcement to proceed with new management plans


1/2/18: greater sage-grouse protection

Revised BLM policy loosens restrictions on oil and gas development in sage-grouse habitat

BLM: Instruction Memorandum 


12/14/17: EPA budget

Why we need EPA funding: Western Leaders explain the importance of EPA funding to local communities


12/7/17: blm methane waste rule

Bureau of Land Management finalizes delay of requirements within its methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network issues statement on methane rule delay

Western Leaders Network methane factsheet


11/30/17: national monuments

Western Leaders Network holds press conference on economic importance of national monuments


11/6/17: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network's Nov. 6 , 2017 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke


10/27/17: National monuments review

Washington Post -- "Trump says he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sacred tribal site in Utah" 



Western Leaders Network report: federal funding for sage-grouse management benefits Western states


10/4/17: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network statement on Trump administration’s one-year stay of BLM methane waste rule


9/28/17: greater sage-grouse protection

New York Times -- "Interior Department to overhaul Obama's sage-grouse protection plan" 

Western Leaders Network statement on Interior's intended overhaul of sage-grouse management plans


9/22/17: greater sage-grouse protection

Western Leaders Network's Sept. 22, 2017 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke


9/21/17: National monuments review

E&E News -- "Analysis points out what Zinke failed to tell Trump"

The Durango Herald -- "Lopez-Whiteskunk: Washing away gains of Bears Ears" 


9/18/17: national monuments review

Washington Post -- "Shrink at least four monuments and modify a half dozen others, Zinke tells Trump"

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's memorandum on national monuments 


8/24/17: national monuments review

Western Leaders Network's Aug. 24, 2017 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

The Department of the Interior releases summary report on national monuments

Boulder Daily Camera -- "Boulder Native American advocates, environmentalists riled by details-free report on national monuments"


6/22/17: news coverage of western leaders network

The Durango Telegraph -- "Take me to your leaders - county commissioner creates new nonprofit, bringing the elected West together"


6/12/17: Bears ears national monument

Western Leaders Network issues statement on Secretary Zinke's Bears Ears report

Secretary Zinke's interim Bears Ears report


6/5/17: epa methane waste rule

The Hill -- Greens sue EPA over paused Obama methane pollution regulation


5/23/17: national monuments

County commissioners sign letter to Zinke supporting Colorado public lands


5/19/17: blm methane waste rule

Western Leaders Network response to Denver Post editorial regarding Sen. Gardner methane vote


5/10/17: blm methane waste rule

New York Times -- "In win for environmentalists, Senate keeps an Obama-era climate change rule

Press conference on BLM methane waste rule



Western Leaders Network statement on protecting Bears Ears and national monuments



Western Leaders Network's April 26, 2017 letter to Congress

Albuquerque Journal -- guest column, "Senate should save methane rule"

Pueblo Chieftain -- guest column, "BLM methane rule needs to stay in effect"

NPR -- "Inside the debate over repealing curbs on methane leaks"

E&E News -- "Repeal of BLM methane rule will pass Senate -- Barrasso"

Politico, Morning Energy -- "Barrasso eyes methane vote 'next week'"


3/21/17: blm Methane Waste Rule

Repeal of Methane Waste Rule Stalls – The Hill, March 21, 2017

Conservation Economics Institute review of arguments against methane waste rule

News Release: Western Elected Officials Call on Senate to Defend BLM Methane Waste Rule

Western Leaders Network's letter to Congress

News coverage of Methane Waste Rule letter:

Denver Business Journal – "Officials from Colorado, other states oppose moves to roll back federal methane rule"

E&E News Greenwire – "Western local leaders urge Senate not to kill methane rule"

Editorials supporting methane waste rule:

Latest news on methane waste rule:

Waste is not conservative. That is why conservative presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan made fighting waste a priority. Both presidents believed that conservation was essential to keeping America strong.

Anyone who cares about conserving the gifts of God's creation, responsible fiscal stewardship, public health and climate change should know this is a moral issue of national concern. The rule requires oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands to conserve methane, which is the primary ingredient in natural gas. The rule requires companies to use proven technologies to plug leaks and capture excess methane to sell it, instead of vent and flare it irretrievably into the atmosphere.