With oil and gas prices at an all-time low, the BLM continues putting public lands out for bid to an industry that is in an economic tailspin, writes guest columnist Franz Camenzind, even as COVID-19 inhibits public participation.
Plan would gut 50-year-old foundational environmental protection law and advance the authoritarian Trump administration's assault on oversight and accountability.
State management of federal environmental reviews would ignore the interests of millions of Americans and guarantee a flood of court battles.
Laws put responsibility for analysing impacts of projects on federal lands in federal hands, those who know the process say.
BLM and Forest Service leadership have raised concerns that Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) bill to slow the spread of invasive species on federal lands shortcuts environmental protections and praised the bill’s goals.