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A project to raise the height of the Shasta Dam, dead in the water before the Trump administration, is moving forward now that a former lobbyist for the project is the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
October 12, 2019, 9am PDT
The Trump administration is exploring ways to outsource operations at national parks to private businesses. Lobbyists for private businesses welcome the invitation.
July 4, 2019, 5am PDT
The Trump administration's lack of concern for the National Park Service's growing maintenance backlog will be on display today, along with everything else.
April 28, 2019, 9am PDT
The Bakersfield Office of the Bureau of Land Management released an environmental study that is the basis for undoing a 2013 de facto moratorium on fracking on federal lands in California. The Supplemental EIS triggers a 45-day public comment period.
April 12, 2019, 11am PDT
The politics of the Department of the Interior under the Trump administration aren't likely to change, but new Secretary David Bernhardt is distinguishable from his predecessor thanks to a long history of oil industry lobbying.
February 5, 2019, 8am PST
President Trump has finally acted to fill the seat vacated by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Associated Press via Daily Herald
September 27, 2018, 12pm PDT
Raising the height of the Shasta Dam in Northern California has been on the table since the 1980s. Now it looks like the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation is going through with it.
April 24, 2018, 9am PDT
As the Department of the Interior auctions off 'vast swaths' of American wilderness to oil and gas companies, fiscal conservatives and conservationists alike wonder if it’s the right thing at the right time.
April 24, 2018, 5am PDT
Though he’s opened land all over the U.S. to industry, the Interior Secretary is actually pushing to conserve even more of his home state.
April 7, 2018, 9am PDT
After public outcry, Department of the Interior officials seem to have changed their mind about raising the price of entrance fees into National Parks.
AP via The Washington Post
March 18, 2018, 7am PDT
Despite state opposition and potential violations of California law, the Trump Administration has revived a project that was deemed impracticable only a few years ago.
December 4, 2017, 2pm PST
The controversy regarding the federal protection of public lands in the American west is heading into new territory as President Trump tests the limits of presidential powers.
September 29, 2017, 6am PDT
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) announced last week plans for the largest highway contract awarded to a public-private partnership: adding four express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and I-270. A third highway widening will be completed internally.
September 9, 2017, 1pm PDT
A federal audit has revealed a failure to disclose the true costs of planning for the Delta tunnel projects.
Associated Press via Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2017, 1pm PDT
The confirmation of David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Interior has upset environmentalists and advocates for public land.
June 30, 2017, 1pm PDT
Sparsely-populated rural counties with large amounts of public land stand to lose the most if the Trump Administration succeeds in cutting funding to the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
June 14, 2017, 6am PDT
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in an early decision to come of a nationwide review of national monument designations, recommends that President Trump reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument.