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ZINKE’S INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REVERSAL SENDS BISON RANGE MANAGEMENT PLANS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

by | June 1, 2017
From: Missoula Independent “”Now it is time for the Fish & Wildlife Service to put its money where its mouth is by committing sufficient resources to not only complete a good plan but also, and more importantly, to implement that plan,” PEER senior counsel Paula ...

TO BOOST WIRELESS COVERAGE, YELLOWSTONE PROPOSES NEW STRUCTURE AT HISTORIC LOOKOUT

by | May 30, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler “The new comment period comes after the proposed facilities on 10,243-foot Mount Washburn, the telecommunications hub for Yellowstone, and elsewhere in the park were criticized by groups like Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who said park ...

EFFORT TO SAVE AGENCY FROM BUDGET AX DRAWS ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGFUL LOBBYING

by | May 30, 2017
From: Government Executive “Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a frequent critic of CSB management, told Government Executive, “The sole authority on whether Mr. Engler broke rules barring grass-roots lobbying –and ...

ANATOMY OF A DEEP STATE

by | May 26, 2017
From: Wall Street Journal “There’s also that “scientific integrity” event planned for June. Of the 45 invitations, only one went to an organization ostensibly representing industry, the American Chemistry Council. A couple of academics got one. The rest? Earthjustice. Public ...

PEER: THE THIN GREEN LINE PATROLLING NATIONAL PARKS IS IN DANGER OF SNAPPING

by | May 24, 2017
From: Los Alamos Daily Post “The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental ...

NEED FOR MORE PARK RANGERS CITED

by | May 24, 2017
From: FEDweek “Figures provided by the National Park Service show that law enforcement ranks in national parks are shrinking even while public visitation to the parks is rising, according to the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . Read ...

DID A TOP-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NOMINEE COMMIT SCIENTIFIC FRAUD?

by | May 23, 2017
From: Pacific Standard “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the government watchdog that first uncovered the ANWR scandal, sent a letter to the committee last week urging it to question Bernhardt about the incident during the hearing. “Whether Bernhardt was the ...

THE BATTLE OVER BUNKERVILLE: THE BUNDYS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NEW MILITIA MOVEMENT

by | May 23, 2017
From: PBS “Threats and assaults against federal employees working in the wilderness were on the rise, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit group that compiles data from federal agencies.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO LIFT BAN ON PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES

by | May 23, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler “The bottle ban had been in the works for some time. In anticipation of it, Grand Canyon crews early in 2011 installed nine free water stations throughout the park at a cost of more than $300,000, according to calculations made at the time by Public ...

GROUP TIES INTERIOR NOMINEE, WESTLANDS LOBBYIST TO ARCTIC REFUGE SCIENTIFIC FRAUD

by | May 22, 2017
From: Daily Kos “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) disagrees with Zinke’s rosy assessment of Bernhardt’s “extensive experience” serving as a key aide to Secretary Gale Norton under the G.W. Bush administration. In fact, documents released by PEER On May 11 ...

TRUMP PLAN TO TURN PUBLIC LANDS OVER TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY FACES POLITICAL BACKLASH

by | May 22, 2017
From: Truthout “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a watchdog group representing government workers, has re-released documents implicating Bernhardt in an apparent effort at the Interior Department to skew a scientific report to members of Congress on the Arctic ...

ADDITIONAL COMMENT SOUGHT ON FIRE LOOKOUT PROJECT

by | May 22, 2017
From: Yellowstone Insider “Cellphone reception is a contentious topic in Yellowstone National Park. Indeed, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) have repeatedly criticized the park for expanding cellular access, saying access demeans the backcountry experience.&# ...

PROCESS BEGINS TO CHART NEW BISON RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN

by | May 22, 2017
From: Daily Inter Lake “The federal agency in charge of the National Bison Range has officially re-started the process to draft a new 15-year management plan for the 18,766-acre wildlife refuge, after a proposal to transfer the lands back to the Flathead Indian Reservation was rescinded ...

LISTEN: PEER’S KYLA BENNETT ON TRUMPWATCH WITH PAUL DERIENZO

by | May 18, 2017
From: WBAI Radio “Keeping an Eye on the Trump Debacle, How does a New York City landlord with bad hair and fascist tendencies lead millions into new national nightmare? Is Donald J. Trump proof that it can happen here?” Listen . . . Read the PEER story ...

GROUP TIES INTERIOR NOMINEE / WESTLANDS LOBBYIST TO ARCTIC REFUGE SCIENTIFIC FRAUD

by | May 15, 2017
From: Elk Grove News “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) disagrees with Zinke’s rosy assessment of Bernhardt’s “extensive experience” serving as a key aide to Secretary Gale Norton under the G.W. Bush administration. In fact, documents released by PEER On ...

LOS ALAMOS SEEKS DETENTE WITH ITS NEIGHBORS – BEARS

by | May 12, 2017
From: Albuquerque Journal “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, made up of current and former state and federal government employees, recently criticized the decision to run a race through the Valles Caldera again this year.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PARK POLICE STAFFING SHRINKING DESPITE INCREASED NEED, SAYS WATCHDOG

by | May 12, 2017
From: Federal Times ““The U.S. Park Police are at a low ebb while facing a rising tide,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch in a press release. “In recent years, this force has not had the personnel to match its mission and that gap is only growing larger.”” Read ...

INTERIOR: ENERGY COMPANIES PAID BERNHARDT MORE THAN $80K LAST YEAR

by | May 11, 2017
From: Greenwire “”I am writing you on behalf of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to express our opposition to the nomination of David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary, Department of Interior and to urge your Committee to thoroughly investigate his role in ...

DESPITE BEAR CONCERNS, RACE STILL ON, SAY WILDLIFE OFFICIALS

by | May 11, 2017
From: Los Alamos Monitor “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last week said the National Park Service is downplaying the threat of interactions between wildlife and participants in a 50-mile race on Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. “If you read the ...

EPA EMPLOYEES, UNIONS AND SCIENTISTS UPSET AT SCIENCE BOARD FIRINGS

by | May 11, 2017
From: Government Executive “The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility heard from numerous EPA employees who spoke anonymously, having already received an all-staff memo from Pruitt that was “pro-business.” The employees “are shocked and dismayed that the ...
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