Land & Water Rights

Administration confirms it will restore national monuments to pre-Trump boundaries

by Zack Budryk
The Hill

“In a fact sheet, the White House said it will restore protections for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, which saw their boundaries curtailed under former President Trump. The administration will also prohibit commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyon and Seamounts Marine National Monument, with red crab and lobster fishing phased out by September 2023,” according to The Hill.

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House Democrats advance bill reforming oil and gas leasing on public lands

by Josh Siegel
Washington Examiner

“House Democrats are poised to deliver on President Joe Biden’s calls to reform drilling for oil and gas on public lands and waters by raising costs on producers and imposing stricter regulatory requirements.  All Democrats on the panel supported the $25.6 billion bill over the unanimous opposition of Republicans, who proposed dozens of amendments to muzzle the measures targeting fossil fuels, which Democrats derided as ‘poison pills,’” according to the Washington Examiner.

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Heads up: Biden Administration will reimpose disastrous “WOTUS” water rule

by Bonner Cohen, Ph.D.
CFACT

“The biggest power grab in the 50-year history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was significantly blunted in April 2020, when the Trump administration – to the relief of rural communities across the country — rolled back the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule and replaced it with the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR).  That respite, however, was short-lived,” according to CFACT.

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Oregon ballot initiative would end animal agriculture, hunting, fishing

by Bonner Cohen, Ph.D.
CFACT

“America’s rural-urban divide is wide and getting wider. Moneyed coastal elites rarely ever miss an opportunity to show their disdain for the rubes in flyover country. Anyone doubting the depth of the discord need look no further than Oregon, where a ballot initiative would all but put an end to the state’s rural economy and way of life,” according to CFACT.

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Biden to ‘repeal or replace’ Trump decision removing protections for Tongass forest

by Rachel Frazin
The Hill

“But the Trump administration argued that its decision would increase rural economic opportunity and decrease federal regulation. It also argued that it would only cause a “modest difference” in environmental impacts” according to The Hill.

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Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water

by Rachel Frazin
The Hill

While the founders never intended for the federal government to own land, it already owns too much.  In many western states more than 80 percent of the land is owned by the federal government.  Biden’s schemes are nothing more than a continuation of decades of federal land confiscation.

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Cattle Group Says New Water Rule Regulates Non-Navigable Waters

by Todd Neeley
Progressive Farmer

“The new Navigable Waters Protection Act still leaves farmers and ranchers exposed to regulation of private property, an amended lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday alleges.  The original lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Cattlemen’s Association also targets the 1986 regulation, alleging both versions illegally regulate non-navigable ponds, wetlands and tributaries,” according to Progressive Farmer.

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Trump Administration deep-sixes Obama WOTUS rule

by Bonner R. Cohen
CFACT

“Putting an end to decades of uncertainty over how much regulatory power the federal government has over bodies of water – from ponds to oceans — the Trump administration has overturned and replaced an Obama-era rule that would have imposed federal zoning on millions of acres of private land throughout the country,” according to CFACT

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EPA’s WOTUS Replacement Rule Another Step in the Right Direction

Competitive Enterprise Institute

“The Trump administration’s repeal of the Waters of the U. S. Rule (WOTUS) last fall was great news for America’s landowners and for the rule of law. The final rule announced today that replaces the 1986 wetlands rule is another step in the right direction,” according the Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment.

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