New Documents Reveal More About Alleged Ethics Violations at the Department of the Interior
Public records reveal additional details about top political appointee Timothy Williams' meeting with his former employer, the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity.
A Top DOI Official Allegedly Violated Federal Ethics Rules. New FOIA Documents Shed Light on His Apparent Misdeeds.
Douglas Domenech's communications with his former employer, the Koch-backed Texas Public Policy Foundation, are more extensive than previously known.
The Government Agency in Charge of Killing Wild Animals Is Facing Backlash
Oregon has banned Wildlife Services' use of cyanide bombs, and some California counties have severed their contracts with the agency.
The Trump Administration's Policies Are Fueling the Extinction Crisis
A new U.N. report finds one million species face extinction. The Department of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service are adding to the problem.
Fish and Wildlife Is 'Conserving' Imperiled Animals by Denying Them Protection
New documents show how quotas to delist or downlist endangered species may be influencing conservation decisions.
Compromise With the Oil and Gas Industry Made the Sage Grouse Vulnerable to Extinction
Rather than list the bird as an endangered species, the Obama administration struck a compromise deal with energy companies—and now Trump is undoing it.
The Key Questions the Senate Should Ask Trump's Nominee to Head the Department of the Interior
David Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist, is a behind-the-scenes operator who has positioned himself as an ardent opponent of conservation advocates.
The Little-Known Law That the Trump Administration Is Using to Build a Border Wall
Under the Real ID Act, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has the power to bypass environmental safeguards, rendering any ecological downside to a border wall a moot point.
Even Without Zinke, It's Business-as-Usual at the Department of the Interior
Whether Ryan Zinke is in or out of office, a cohort of right-wing industry advocates still wield huge influence over the DOI.
How Raúl Grijalva Could Transform the House Committee on Natural Resources
The Democratic congressman will soon be able to reverse much of the anti-conservation legacy that his predecessor leaves behind.
New Documents Reveal the Extent of Industry Influence on Ryan Zinke's DOI
"They are undermining the department's mission at every turn": New documents reveal just how much the Department of the Interior favored industry over conservation.
A Top DOI Official Had at Least Six Meetings With the Mining Industry. She Then Helped Cancel a Study on the Public-Health Effects of Mining.
Records obtained by Pacific Standard reveal that a top official at the DOI had a hand in nixing a government-funded public-health study in Appalachia—after a series of meetings with some of the most powerful mining players in the country.
In Idaho, the Gubernatorial Primaries Gave Public Lands Advocates a Reason for Optimism
The results of Idaho's gubernatorial primaries suggest a positive shift for conservation.
Records Show a Top DOI Official Met With His Former Employer—a Koch Brothers-Linked Foundation
A high-level official at the Department of the Interior held meetings with a previous employer, the Koch-linked Texas Public Policy Foundation, while it was involved in legal action against the department, according to newly obtained documents.
Emails Suggest the Department of the Interior Is Prioritizing Fossil Fuel Interests Over Wildlife Well-Being
Records reveal that, following requests by fossil fuel industry groups, a top official at the Department of the Interior appeared to take credit for helping to delay new federal protections for a once-endangered species.
A Top Adviser at the Department of the Interior Is Under Fire After Meeting Extensively With Oil and Mining Representatives
Public records show that a senior DOI adviser has met with mining and fossil-fuel representatives far more than she has with environmentalists.
At the Department of the Interior, Industry Lobbyists and Revolving-Door Operatives Shape Sage Grouse Policy
Public records show that industry groups and conservative politicians have had the ear of top Department of the Interior officials as they seek to dismantle conservation protections for the imperiled species.
Meet the Former Koch Adviser Slashing Conservation Safeguards at the Department of the Interior
Daniel Jorjani, the Department of the Interior's principal deputy solicitor, once advised Charles Koch. Now, he takes meetings with industry representatives and rolls back conservation protections.
Backed by Industry Cash, the House Committee on Natural Resources Hands the Public Lands to Oil and Gas Interests
Nineteen Republicans voted the Secure American Energy Act out of committee this month. They've collectively received millions from oil and gas interests.
Why Ryan Zinke's Plan to Raise Entrance Fees to National Parks Will Do Little to Actually Benefit National Parks
The secretary of the interior wants to raise user fees at the national parks. His proposal will hurt all but the wealthiest Americans, and it won't work.
Congress' Latest Attack on the Antiquities Act Is Not About National Parks
Exaggeration and misdirection can only damage the conservation movement's credibility.
Burdened by Austerity, the National Park Service Breaks the Law
The NPS is legally obligated to better manage its enormous crowds, but it is crippled by budget cuts and maintenance backlogs.
The Oil and Gas Industry's Latest Scheme Would All but Privatize Public Lands
The Federal Land Freedom Act has nothing to do with freedom, and everything to do with avarice.
Of Course Ryan Zinke Wants to Shrink Our National Monuments
A new report by Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee outlines the partisan, industry-friendly nature of Trump's national monument review.
Stop With the 'Catastrophic Wildfire' Scare Tactics
It's an alarmist, politically driven catchphrase. And, from a scientific perspective, it has little credibility.
The Mass Panic Over Russian Political Interference Threatens Progressives Too
Armed with potent propaganda, House Republicans are targeting the environmental movement over alleged Kremlin ties.
Utah's Anti-Conservation Crusade Is About to Become Very Costly
With Outdoor Retailer's departure, Utah pays dearly for its attack on public lands.
Flush With Timber Money, Congressman Works to Loosen Forest Protections
Representative Bruce Westerman has received more than $100,000 in timber industry campaign donations. Now, he is pushing a bill that relaxes environmental regulations on the same industry.
The Unprecedented Dismantling of a National Monument
After recommending that Bears Ears National Monument be reduced in size, one thing is clear: Ryan Zinke is nothing like Teddy Roosevelt.
Did a Top-Level Department of the Interior Nominee Commit Scientific Fraud?
David Bernhardt, President Trump's pick for the No. 2 position at the Department of the Interior, has some explaining to do.
The Western Think Tank Leading the Charge Against the Antiquities Act
With more than $1.6 million from groups backed by shadowy billionaires, the Sutherland Institute, based in Utah, has set its sights on the Bears Ears National Monument.
Public Lands in Populist Times: An Interview With Raúl Grijalva
Representative Raúl Grijalva of Arizona is staunchly progressive and deeply committed to protecting public lands.
Fossil Fuel Companies Are Smearing Environmentalists as Putin Puppets
Dig behind the headlines, and you'll find powerful propaganda at play.