Press Release

Trump Sage Grouse Policy is Industry Giveaway

Anne Hawke
ahawke@nrdc.org, (646) 823-4518

Emily Deanne
edeanne@nrdc.org, (202) 717-8288

WASHINGTON  – Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today is finalizing the agency’s plan for managing the greater sage grouse, among other species, on some 11 million acres of Western lands.

The following is a statement from Bobby McEnaney, senior director for the Western Renewable Energy Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Bernhardt is unraveling a painstakingly crafted conservation plan and putting massive swaths of land, hundreds of species and precious wildlife habitat at risk. This shameless giveaway to the oil and gas industry has no basis in science.”

The Bureau of Land Management has dramatically ramped up leasing for extraction on these lands previously slated for protection from mineral extraction.  The Trump administration acknowledged in October and December of 2017 that it is prioritizing the interests of the oil and gas industry over preserving habitat.

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