Latest Ryan Zinke News

Correction: Zinke-Gold Mining Job story

Apr. 24, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In an April 16 article on former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke taking a job with U.S. Gold Corp., The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zinke would receive up to $120,000 a year in expenses related to his consulting contract, citing a company filing with the U.S. Securities...

Mining project on federal lands hires former Interior head

Apr. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for Nevada-based...

Interior watchdog probes agency's newly confirmed chief

Apr. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just four days after the Senate confirmed the former corporate lobbyist to lead the agency. Deputy Interior...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Apr. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. Senators voted 56-41 to approve...

US backs off appeal of Montana energy lease cancellation

Apr. 4, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has scaled back its fight against oil and gas leases on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada. The leases are in the nearly 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) Badger-Two Medicine area bordering Glacier National Park and the...

Senate panel backs Interior pick despite conflict allegation

Apr. 4, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted Thursday to put a veteran former lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department, despite a last-minute round of intense debate on allegations that he was using his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee...

Judge defends Obama expansion of national monument in Oregon

Apr. 3, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge has defended former President Barack Obama's expansion of a national monument in Oregon, ruling against a logging company's lawsuit that said the expansion deprived it of timber. Environmental groups hailed Tuesday's ruling. The case ironically put the Trump administration in the...

Judge rejects Trump plan for road in Alaska wildlife refuge

Mar. 29, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration violated federal law with a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the project would have reversed previous policy without explanation. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason rejected an Interior...

Senate Democrats grill Interior pick on past lobbying work

Mar. 28, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former oil and gas lobbyist nominated to head the Interior Department declined on Thursday to commit to recusing himself from future regulatory decisions involving past clients, telling senators "you want to have your A quarterback on the team." David Bernhardt appeared before the...

Tribes urge US to put off oil, gas leases near sacred sites

Mar. 27, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's home to a national park and other sites of cultural and historical significance. The tribes say the federal...