The U.S. House of Representatives has released a proposed 2018 budget that, if passed, would essentially authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
[ Reaction to Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: It’s not clear why it was under “review” in the first place ]
Statement on Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, July 21, 2017
The following statement is from Scott Miller, Southwest Senior Regional Director for the Wilderness Society:
President Trump has made it clear that his administration values fossil fuel development above our lands and climate, and the latest victim could be the pristine night skies, rushing rivers and incredible prehistoric treasures around Dinosaur National Monument.
Just two months after President Trump approved the permanent dismantlement of a rule that ensured the public was involved early and often in decisions about fossil fuel development on public land, the Trump administration has opened an absurdly short comment period to overhaul the process of public land management.
By passing H.R. 218 today, the U.S. House of Representatives set a dangerous precedent, approving construction of a destructive, unnecessary road through protected wilderness in the vital Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaska Peninsula.
Today the U.S. Senate held a procedural vote for Interior’s deputy secretary nomination of David Bernhardt.
The bill, H.R.
The Trump administration has begun reviewing 11 ocean monuments and sanctuaries with an eye toward “encourag[ing] energy exploration and production.”