8/16: 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
6/20: 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: greater sage-grouse protection
Trump administration moves to weaken protections for the greater sage-grouse
4/23: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network's statement on the comment period ending on the proposed BLM methane rule rollback
4/12: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network's April 12, 2018 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
3/26: EPA BUDGET
Congress approves spending bill that restores EPA funding
Western Leaders Network statement on EPA budget
3/19: statement on effort to recall gwen lachelt
Western Leaders Network board statement on effort to recall Gwen Lachelt
2/23: 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: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network statement on proposal to repeal BLM methane waste rule
1/16: 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: greater sage-grouse protection
Revised BLM policy loosens restrictions on oil and gas development in sage-grouse habitat
BLM: Instruction Memorandum
12/14: EPA budget
Why we need EPA funding: Western Leaders explain the importance of EPA funding to local communities
12/7: 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: national monuments
Western Leaders Network holds press conference on economic importance of national monuments
11/6: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network's Nov. 6 , 2017 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
10/27: National monuments review
Washington Post -- "Trump says he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a sacred tribal site in Utah"
10/19: GREATER SAGE-GROUSE PROTECTION
Western Leaders Network report: federal funding for sage-grouse management benefits Western states
10/4: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network statement on Trump administration’s one-year stay of BLM methane waste rule
9/28: 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: greater sage-grouse protection
Western Leaders Network's Sept. 22, 2017 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
9/21: 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: methane and air pollution
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: methane waste rule
Western Leaders Network response to Denver Post editorial regarding Sen. Gardner methane vote
5/10/17: methane waste rule
News coverage of Methane Waste Rule vote:
New York Times -- "In win for environmentalists, Senate keeps an Obama-era climate change rule
Press conference on BLM methane waste rule
5/5/17: BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Western Leaders Network statement on protecting Bears Ears and national monuments
4/28/17: METHANE WASTE RULE
Western Leaders Network's April 26, 2017 letter to Congress
News coverage of Methane Waste Rule letter:
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: 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:
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27, 2017
- Albuquerque Journal, March 8, 2017
Gunnison County commissioners, Feb. 15, 2017
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, February 1, 2017
Durango Herald, February 1, 2017
Denver Post, January, 28, 2017
Santa Fe New Mexican, February 4, 2017
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.