Posted on October 6, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A 100-mile strip adjacent to the U.S. border would be exempt from all environmental laws under a bill passed by the House Natural Resources Committee.
House committee passes border security bill that would exempt huge areas of land from environmental regulations
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Under the guise of homeland security, the House Committee on Natural Resources this week passed H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, by a vote of 26 to 17.
The bill would cede control of all federal lands with 100 miles of the U.S. border to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by prohibiting the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture from using environmental regulations to hinder U.S. Border Patrol from securing the border on federal lands.
“H.R. 1505 is a common sense solution that addresses one of the prevailing issues preventing us from gaining full operational control of the border – the U.S. Border Patrol’s lack of sufficient access to millions of acres of federally owned land,” said Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of the considered further and ultimately brought to the floor of the House for a final vote,” said National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee.
Conservation groups are not happy with the bill — to say the least. According to the Wilderness Society, the measure would also exempt the Department of Homeland Security from compliance with dozens of environmental statutes that protect the air and water quality, as well as habitat for endangered species. The group characterized the measure as an unwarranted land grab. (more…)
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Posted on September 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Homeland Security wants to expand a forward operating base in Arizona; but conservation groups claim the plan ignores wider impacts
A map showing the area where Homeland Security wants to expand a forward base to increase patrols along the border with Mexico.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Department of Homeland Security plan to build a new base on National Park Service land near the border between the U.S. and Mexico is drawing some criticism from conservation groups. The expansion and increased operations from the base could threaten important habitat for pronghorn antelope and other natural resources, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which says the draft study for the expansion does not adequately evaluate environmental impacts. (more…)
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Posted on July 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Environmental groups protest; hearing set for July 8
A map compiled by the Pew Environment Group shows the lands that would be exempt from numerous environmental and management laws under a measure proposed by House Republicans. MAP COURTESY PEW ENVIRONMENT GROUP.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — One the latest proposals from the Republican majority leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives would exempt homeland security activity from 36 environmental and other laws on any lands within 100 miles of the U.S. border and coastlines — all in the name of national security and an attempt to thwart illegal immigration.
H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, was introduced by ultra-conservative Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. It would apply to an area that encompasses 10 whole states, including Florida and Hawaii. (more…)
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