Migrant trash, BLM rule, solar dominate fiery budget hearing

By Scott Streater | 05/16/2024 06:40 AM EDT

The heads of both the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service got tough questions.

Tracy Stone-Manning.

Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. House Natural Resources Committee/YouTube

Republicans on a House Natural Resources subcommittee grilled the directors of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service during a hearing Wednesday that focused attention on trash left by migrants on the southern border.

But at one point, the Federal Lands Subcommittee chair, Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), accused BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning of having “a long history of anti-natural resource utilization in this country, both private and in public,” an apparent reference to a notorious tree-spiking incident Stone-Manning was connected to in the 1980s.

The hearing also dealt with less sensational matters, including a new BLM conservation rule and solar energy.


Some of the tensest exchanges centered on the potential environmental impacts from the millions of migrants that have crossed the southern border over the past few years, and what BLM and NPS are doing to protect the landscapes and remove tons of garbage the migrants leave behind.