Latest David Bernhardt News

Colorado tourist town commits $1.25M to fight quarry

Nov. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EST

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The leader of a western Colorado community that relies on tourism is vowing to do everything he can to stop the proposed expansion of a nearby limestone quarry. Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes called the proposal by RMR Industrial a “regional threat” in...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

Feds: We were wrong on sand-dredge ban in south New Jersey

Nov. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government has dropped its objection to some southern New Jersey towns using sand from a nearby offshore site to replenish their beaches. The recent action by U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt should make ongoing beach widening and storm protection projects less...

Group sues federal agency over Hawaii habitat protection

Nov. 4, 2019 2:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against a federal agency for what it says is a failure to protect habitat for 14 endangered Hawaiian species. The Center for Biological Diversity says the failure to designate critical habitat for the plants and animals in a timely manner...

US House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico

Oct. 30, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walls of stacked stone jut up from the canyon floor, some perfectly aligned with the seasonal movements of the sun and moon. Circular ceremonial subterranean rooms called kivas cut into the desert, surrounded by the remnants of what historians say was once a hub of indigenous...

Dems in Congress demand update on Interior wild horse plans

Oct. 27, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West after the head of its public lands agency told reporters it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get overpopulated herds under control....

National Parks Service drops plan to allow ATVs in Utah

Oct. 25, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rule that would have allowed ATVs on certain roads in Utah's five national parks including popular red rock country destinations such as Zion and Arches has been scrapped by the U.S. government one week before it was set to take effect. The National Park Service said Friday that it...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

New Mexico governor praises oil industry for opportunities

Oct. 8, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham professed her full-throttled support for the oil sector on Tuesday, telling industry leaders that her Cabinet secretaries works for them and that she hopes the state can overtake North Dakota as the No. 2 oil producer among states. Lujan Grisham,...

The Latest: Interior secretary lambasts Green New Deal

Oct. 8, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on oil industry development and regulation in New Mexico (all times local): noon U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is citing a moratorium on new oil permits in New Mexico near a national park held sacred by Native Americans as an example of balanced federal...