Author Archives: Peggy Trenk

BLM reopens public input on rule-making

Source:  Helena Independent Record, Tuesday, July 4, 2017       By:  Rob Chaney

MISSOULA – After interrupting its “Planning 2.0” process just as it was getting started, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced a new round of public ideas to shape its decision-making system.

“Our goal is to identify inefficiencies and redundancies that should be eliminated from our land use planning and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) processes, while ensuring that we fulfill our legal and resource stewardship responsibilities,” acting BLM Director Michael Nedd wrote in a press release on Monday.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Source:  Montana Petroleum Report, June 14, 2017    Montana Petroleum Association

Contact:  Jessica Sena (406) 590-8675

It’s become difficult to decipher between reality and alarmism these days.  To add insult to injury, President Trump can’t seem to take two steps without being ridiculed from every direction.

The latest point of contention has been his decision to disengage from the Paris Climate Accord (PCA).  But is all the noise justified?  Perhaps not, and here’s why.

First, the agreement is called an “accord” in the United States, rather than a treaty.  This is significant because the difference is that a treaty must be ratified by the U.S. Senate.  Fearing rejection in Congress, former Secretary of State, John Kerry argued against binding targets to reduce emissions such as those in the Kyoto Protocol.  As an “accord”, the President could bypass Congress and commit $1 billion in taxpayer dollars towards the $100 billion-dollar goal promised by signors of the climate agreement to assist developing nations in reaching their respective climate goals.  That’s $1 billion dollars that could have been used on research and development of innovative and emerging energy technologies on American soil.

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Interior Chief to Review Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan

Source: Matthew Daly,  Associated Press       June 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the bird lives are fully consulted.

While the federal government has a responsibility under the Endangered Species Act to protect the ground-dwelling bird, “we also have a responsibility to be a good neighbor and partner,” Zinke said. 

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Daines Picked to Lead Parks Committee

Source:  Helena Independent Record   February 1, 2017    By: Rob Chaney, The Missoulian

MISSOULA – Montana Sen. Steve Daines has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on National Parks.  The panel has oversight of the National Park System, Wild and Scenic River System, National Trails System, historic sites, military battlefields and the Land and Water Conservation Fund reports to the Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Republican Daines also sits on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, and Subcommittee on Energy. 

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