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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Posted on February 21, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Ideological attacks on federal agencies continue under guise of budget-cutting
The House Friday rejected a budget amendment that would have eliminated all funding for the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near Grand Junction.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. House of Representatives showed some common sense last week, rejecting a couple of budget amendments that would have had a huge impact on wild and historic tracts of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
One amendment, offered by Utah Republican Rob Bishop, would have eliminated all funding for the National Conservation Lands, encompassing about 28 million acres of the BLM’s most significant natural, cultural, scenic, and archaeological lands, including numerous sites in Colorado.
The amendment was a frontal attack against federal land managers under the guise of budget cutting. Utah Republicans have long been frustrated with federal control over big chunks of red rock and canyon country. (more…)
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