Judge Tries To Oust Pendley. Now Some Want His Decisions Tossed, Too

“William Perry Pendley’s “acting” status as head of the Bureau of Land Management calls into question his rulings on energy leases, monuments and conservation plans.”

“The breathtaking view from the rim above Unaweep Canyon is what Erik Molvar remembers best from his trip last spring to western Colorado. Surrounded by the heady perfume of pinon and juniper, he saw redrock cliffs rising from the green valley and heard the gentle music of dusk settling on the wild landscape of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Then a jarring thought spoiled his reverie.

Oil and gas rigs could soon fill this scene.

The day before, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had finalized a long-term management plan for the area that reflected the Trump administration's “energy dominance” priority, not the wild landscapes overwhelmingly favored by the more than 2,500 Coloradans who'd sent in comments to BLM. “

Judy Fahys reports for InsideClimate News October 12, 2020.