Latest David Bernhardt News

Hawaii state bird status goes from endangered to threatened

Dec. 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government has changed the protection status of Hawaii’s state bird from endangered to threatened, officials said. Federal officials said the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration, Hawaii Public Radio...

Aging survivors return to Pearl Harbor to recall '41 attack

Dec. 7, 2019 3:46 PM EST

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A dozen frail survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor returned Saturday to honor those who perished when Japanese planes pierced a quiet sunny morning 78 years ago and rained bombs on battleships lined up below. About 30 World War II veterans and some 2,000 members of the public...

Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes

Dec. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce legislation help to settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The bill would quantify the tribes' water rights on and off the reservation and pay $1.9 billion to settle their...

Trump order creates task force on missing American Indians

Nov. 26, 2019 5:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives. The task force will be overseen by Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. It will develop protocols to apply...

Feds: Royalty exemption for new shallow-water Gulf wells

Nov. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it. Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go...

Officials to announce new wildlife refuge in Kentucky

Nov. 21, 2019 4:45 AM EST

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce a new national wildlife refuge in western Kentucky. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior says Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will join other dignitaries Friday in Henderson to announce the Green River National...

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...