CORRUPTION OF THE BLM --- (Bureau of Land Management)

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) consists of incompetent, heartless and corrupt cronies in important regulatory and oversight positions...all the while- utilizing Cheney's anti-environmental-- pro-business "provisions" from their "NECO" (Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Plan) handbook.

The BLM "permitted" the dangerous, expensive, polluting Sunrise Powerlink through OUR public land under the auspices of the "NECO" agenda--The NECO agenda: IGNORE all environmental, wildlife, economic, cultural, historic, public safety and health impacts.

Cheney's Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R.6.) and NECO Provisions:
Eliminated environmental and safety reviews to enhance corporations (BP, Sempra, et al) ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit. Required a study to eliminate "impediments" (environmental, cultural, economic including policies and regulations) , human health and safety, wildlife, fish, wild lands, economic, cultural and historical. Sec 357.
(breaking the promise of citizen's Constitutional rights and protection in the USA).

Permanently exempted oil & natural gas construction activities - roads, drill pads, pipeline corridors, refineries from having to obtain a permit for controlling polluted storm water runoff - Previously required by the Clean Water Act. (Sec 323)

Sweeping new authority for the Department of Interior (ex-Sempra lobbyist, David Hayes is currently Deputy Director of the Interior) to permit new energy projects in the Outer Continental Shelf without adequate oversight or standards. (Sec 321) .

Here is just a sample of what Cheney, the Department of the Interior, the BLM, Corruption, Greed and Incompetence have done to our beautiful America:

June 1, 2011:  Department of the Interior and the BLM ignore the vote of the majority of citizens of the United States...again. "In a memo to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today confirmed that, pursuant to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, the BLM will not designate any lands as "Wild Lands." - US Department of the Interior Press Release.  The Wild Lands Policy not only directed the BLM to identify and consider protecting lands harboring wilderness characteristics by designating them "Wild Lands", but it also showed a commitment to the protection of these lands from the highest levels of government." ..from The Wilderness Society 
US Department of the Interior & the BLM: Serving and bowing down to greed, callousness and permanent destruction.

EX-VP Dick Cheney (who truly must hate our planet), exempted fracking from the Clean Water Act because his company, Halliburton patented the process and makes $1.5 billion a year from it. We need to take action now to stop oil and gas companies from pumping toxic chemicals into our water supply in their quest for cheap natural gas.
Once wild burros in BLM Abbey's "holding pens"

UPDATE: FEB 16, 2011:   RENO, Nev. -- The U.S. House has approved an amendment on a voice vote that would CUT $2 million from the Bureau of Land Management's budget in protest over the agency's wild horse roundups.

Indiana Republican Dan Burton says his amendment is intended to send a signal to agency officials that most Americans want the mustangs treated more humanely on public lands across the West.

The BLM ignores criticism for its aggressive policy of rounding up wild horses from public lands in the West and stockpiling them in government holding facilities in the Midwest .  Rep Don Burton, Ind-R and the Humane Society BLASTED the BLM for mismanagement of our wild Mustangs and gross waste of public taxpayer's funds. Rep Burton vows to ask Senate Appropriations to slash the BLM budget.

"This is another bureaucratic nightmare that we in this Congress should not--and I don't believe will--put up with. And I'm going to ask the Appropriations Committee to cut the budget of the Bureau of Land Management because they're wasting the taxpayers' money by millions and millions and maybe hundreds of millions of dollars.  Last year, the government (BLM) spent about $144 million managing private livestock on Federal public lands, and they only collect $21 million for grazing rights. So they lost at least $123 million per year. And some people estimate that they lose as much as $500 million a year, half a billion dollars, by keeping these grazing lands in private hands where people get them for almost nothing. $21 million was what the fee was that they got last year."...Rep Burton, Ind-R

The BLM now warehouses more wild horses and burros in government holding facilities (40,000+) than are left free on the range.

Salazar- Big Oil Lover
Abby - Wild Horse Torturer & Killer
Saving America’s Mustangs is creating up to a million acre Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary as a permanent home for wild horses presently in captivity. The “Mustang Monument” sanctuary will be a living museum, where visitors can reconnect with the great outdoors and learn about America ‘s wild horses and the important role they play in our culture and our history.   As of Jan, 2011, the BLM (for vague and unclear reasons), has REJECTED this wonderful opportunity.

Sources say that the BLM makes money from the slaughter of these wild mustangs and they are unwilling to release ownership of the horses to a privately/publicly funded non-profit.

The BLM and The Department of the Interior ignore an entire coalition of Native Americans, environmentalists, and desert enthusiasts who had to file a lawsuit to stop destruction of at least 6000 acres to the desert ecosytem, cultural resources and a national historic trail-- from unproven gas-engine fired solar fields in the Imperial Valley desert.  The companies (Stirling and Tessera), testified that they would use unproven and flawed technology. This technology is so poor that these companies could not find ANY outside investors to fund them...The Department of the Interior cut corners, approved and "fast-tracked" them for US taxpayer's Federal Stimulus money...this "set-up-for failure project is "linked" to Sempra Energy and SDG&E's Sunrise PowerlinkEx Sempra lobbyist, David Hayes just happens to be Deputy Director of the Interior....Corruption at work!

The National Law Journal reports : "High court losses STUN environmentalists- (2009) : 0 wins 5 losses in Supreme Court, anti-environment"

Judge denies Animal Rights Groups plea to at least postpone BLM's helicopter wild mustang roundups in 100+ degree desert heat --just to make room for a natural gas pipeline that has not even been completely approved yet. (at least a dozen horses died, many more tortured)

BLM Ignores Process, 2.5 Million Acres to Be Opened for Oil Shale Development - Public Denied Chance to Comment on 12 Resource Management Plans

BLM ignores Western Shoshone Objections - Barrick Gold Readies Itself to Carve up Mount Tenabo...the most publically opposed mine in the world .

Bush rushes to open Grand Canyon to toxic uranium mining. BLM publishes proposed rule which ignores House committee’s resolution .

Public groups oppose BLM's (Cheney's) NECO: Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Plan which not only ignores, but is critically harmful to the environment. Impacting California's - Imperial, Riverside and San Bernadino Deserts..from 2002.

New Mexico Battles FEDS to Stop Gas Drilling Near an Aquifer...Cheney's provision exempted hydraulic fracturing (natural gas extraction method that contaminates ground water). Clean Water Act ignored.

Earth Justice and the public oppose the polluting Red Cliff Mine ...underground coal mining. Yet the BLM ignores the greenhouse gas impacts of methane -- 21 times more powerful than C02 as a cause of global warming. BLM ignores the impacts to deer and elk habitat -- as well as proposed wilderness lands destruction.

BLM, Salazar and Hayes ignore important cultural and environmental permanent destruction and approve a second rate solar panel project in Blythe, California. Project lands for the Blythe Solar construction on 7500 acres contain world-wide well known geoglyphs including Kokopilli, Cicimitl, El Tosco, the 16 layer Temple, and other features. Flaked quartz left as offerings over hundreds of years by native peoples indicate the cultural importance of the sites to be destroyed if the Blythe Solar power project is built as planned. **12/28/2010 -- La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, a Native American cultural protection group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, of California, challenging the Bureau of Land Management permitting processes regarding six large solar facilities planned for the Mohave, Sonoran and Colorado deserts of Southern California (Case No.10CV2664 WQH WVG), including Imperial Valley- (Sunrise Powerlink).

National Agricultural Law Center calls BLM's Federal Rangeland Policy...Perverting Law and Jeopardizing Eco-Systems

BLM ignores group's proposals to consider alternate route to lessen severe environmental impacts and create more jobs in Nevada for a natural gas pipeline.

Powder River Basin, Fortification Creek in Wyoming...coalbed methane. BLM’s approval of wells ignores research showing loss of habitat extends beyond the activity associated with gas development – up to 1.7 miles. The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has joined other concerned groups in appealing the BLM’s approval.

BLM Ignores Request by Native Americans, Local Residents, Historic Preservationists, and Conservationists to Protect Arch Canyon's Cultural Resources...(for, of all unnecessary road vehicle driving.

Salazar, Hayes and BLM ignore critical environmental impacts to coal leasing -instead opting for more profits for corporations.


March 28, 2011- SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO REVIVE EAGLE MOUNTAIN FOR A GARBAGE DUMP.  The Obama administration refused in February to support Kaiser’s petition before the Supreme Court, after tens of thousands of people like you signed a petition asking them to do so.

March 22, 2011- BLM GIVES UP DEFENDING CATTLEMEN GRAZING RIGHTS.  The Bureau of Land Management has reversed course and decided not to defend a 2010 decision to cancel grazing permits on three federal allotments held by Valley Sun LLC for the Greenfire Preserve on the East Fork of the Salmon River, which is managed by Western Watersheds Project (WWP).

Feb 17, 2011 - Judge overturns BLM grazing decision:  Judge Andrew Pearlstein’s ruling to remand the BLM’s grazing decision covering 1.3 million acres of public land back to the BLM.

Feb 2, 2011...A federal court rejected the U.S. Department of Energy's attempt to establish national interest corridors for new high-voltage electric transmission lines that would cover 100 million acres in 10 states, including state and national parks in the Mojave Desert (and San Diego County).  The three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the energy agency failed to adequately consult affected states or conduct federally mandated environmental reviews in identifying vast swaths of land as suitable for fast-track treatment of applications to construct transmission facilities.

Feb 3, 2011...EPA Reverses Bush-Era Water Safety Standards, Will Regulate Contaminants: The Environmental Protection Agency reversed Bush administration drinking water policies: announcing that it will regulate perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, and 16 other chemicals - called volatile organic compounds - that can cause cancer at high enough doses.   In October 2008, the Bush administration bucked the advice of its own EPA scientists and announced that it would not regulate perchlorate.

"EPA Vetoes Permit For Largest Mountaintop Removal Mine In West Virginia, Arch Coal's Spruce No. 1 .  The Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a crucial water permit for West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal mine because it would irreparably damage the environment and threaten the health of nearby communities.  Assistant Administrator for Water Peter S. Silva said the agency was employing a rarely used veto power because Arch Coal's Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County would use "destructive and unsustainable" mining practices." 1/14/2011...from The Huffington Post

The Department of the Interior today (Dec 23, 2010), issued a new “Wild Lands” secretarial order to the Bureau of Land Management, instructing the agency to designate a few unique areas with wilderness qualities, and manage them in a way that protects those qualities. The order restores an authority which had been undermined by a 2003 Bush administration settlement. Areas that could receive protection include: Vermillion Basin in Colorado; Labyrinth Canyon in Utah; Adobe Town in Wyoming; Owyhee Canyonlands in southeastern Oregon; Granite Range in Nevada; and Quayle Draw in Arizona.

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by "industry groups" (Big Polluters) and the state of Texas to halt implementation of greenhouse gas regulations developed by the Environmental Protection Agency under the federal Clean Air Act. The order was issued in three separate cases captioned Coalition for Responsible Regulation, et al. v. EPA (nos. 09-1322 and consolidated cases, 10-1073 and consolidated cases, and 10-1092 and consolidated cases)

Federal court victory that sided with environmental concerns in determining that the Bureau of Land Management erred when it added 5,000 miles of off-highway vehicle (OHV) routes in the Western Mojave Desert.

Federal Court for the District of Idaho awarded Western Watersheds Project a stunning victory in an Order overturning the Bush Administration’s grazing regulations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) affecting over 160,000,000 acres of public lands in eleven western states.