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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, people walk through the hall outside of the SHOT Show gun show in Las Vegas. The gun industry is gathering for its annual conference, in January 2020, amid a host of uncertainty: slumping gun sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and a presidential campaign that threatens gun rights like perhaps no other time in modern American history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

Jan. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and escalating tensions over gun control efforts. The event, held...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

Jan. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete...

Demonstrators protest land leaders at new Colorado location

Jan. 3, 2020 12:09 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado demonstrators have welcomed the new Bureau of Land Management headquarters in opposition of the acting department director as his appointment was extended. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order Thursday extending the appointment of...

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, the Trump International Hotel is seen in Washington.  In the weeks leading up to an invitation-only Republican fundraiser featuring an appearance by President Trump, room rates at the Trump International Hotel in Washington surged to as high as $6,719.  That's more than dozen times the posted price for rooms on other weekends.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Trump speaks at swank GOP fundraiser, his DC hotel profits

Dec. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took the stage in the ballroom of his luxury hotel in Washington on Saturday night, just days before an impeachment vote, to rail against his political rivals as a crowd of high-dollar Republican donors and party activists cheered. In the weeks leading up to the...

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt speaks to reporters Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, after addressing water managers from seven Western U.S. states at a Colorado River Water Users Association conference in Las Vegas. Federal water managers are starting now to review how a crucial share-the-shortage agreement has worked for seven states that rely on the Colorado River, instead of waiting until the end of next year. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Friday in Las Vegas he wants a report in time for a deadline set in a key operational guidelines document signed in 2007 that established a schedule of water cutbacks to states if surface levels continue to fall at the crucial Lake Mead and Lake Powell reservoirs. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

US officials to review deal on sharing Colorado River water

Dec. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EST

Federal water managers are starting to review a crucial 2007 agreement for seven Western states to share drought-diminished water supplies from the Colorado River ahead of talks about revising and renewing it beginning in 2026, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Friday. Bernhardt called for a report...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, interior Secretary David Bernhardt listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Less than half of employees are projected to go along when the Trump administration moves headquarters for the bureau overseeing the country’s vast public lands from Washington, to Grand Junction, Colo. The administration defends the shift West. Former bureau officials predict a brain drain that will weaken protections for hundreds of millions of acres. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Opponents warn of staff exodus as US breaks up lands bureau

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country's public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt...

Watchdog: Interior official's meetings broke ethics rule

Dec. 10, 2019 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An assistant Interior secretary broke federal ethics rules by twice meeting with his old employer, a conservative Texas-based policy group, to discuss legal tussles between the group and the agency, Interior’s watchdog office said Tuesday. Douglas Domenech, the agency’s...

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...