BLM urged to punt Chaco leasing plan during pandemic
The Bureau of Land Management is facing increasing pressure to pause a planning process that could open land near New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park to oil and gas leasing, as lawmakers, environmentalists and Native Americans argue efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic should take priority.
Ammon Bundy plans to fight states on virus efforts
Idaho resident Ammon Bundy, known for his leadership roles in armed standoffs challenging federal land management, said last week he now plans to draw on those experiences to counter state-level efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greens: Congress must address 'root' of animal-human diseases
As Congress debates how to resuscitate the nation's economy in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, environmental activists are pressing lawmakers to address both illegal and legal wildlife trade — pointing to the animal coronaviruses that sparked the current outbreak.
Bernhardt orders employees to work from home
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt yesterday intensified his agency's internal response to the coronavirus pandemic, ordering employees across the nation to work from home for the foreseeable future.
Grijalva slams Bernhardt on visitors as NPS urges distance
House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona lashed out at Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Friday for encouraging visitation to public lands amid school and business closures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, characterizing the move as "profoundly dangerous" to public health.