CWP: David Bernhardt Conflicts of Interest vs. DOI Policy Actions
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Rescind regulations requiring oil, gas, and coal producers to pay fair royalties for fuels extracted from public landsIPAAComplete8/7/2017ONRR Final RuleIPAA
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Reconsider BLM pipeline right-of-wayCadiz, Inc.Complete10/13/2017BLM LetterCadiz supporters in Congress
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Approve Eni Petroleum offshore drilling operations in AlaskaEni Petroleum, NOIAComplete11/28/2017BSEE ApprovalNOIAENI US Application
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Reduce protections for wildlife under the Migratory Bird Treaty ActIPAAComplete12/22/2017DOI Solicitor OpinionIPAA
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Rescind regulations increasing transparency and safety of hydraulicly fractured oil and gas wells on public landsIPAAComplete12/29/2017BLM Final RuleIPAA
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Reconsider decision to prosecute contractors for offshore drilling safety violationsHalliburtonComplete1/17/2018BSEE ReconsiderationHalliburton Lawsuit
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Rescind ban on importing trophy hunted African elephants and lionsSafari Club InternationalComplete3/1/2018FWS MemoSCI Lawsuit
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Fast-track environmental reviews for oil and gas development by increasing the use of categorical exclusions under NEPAIPAAComplete6/6/2018BLM Instruction BulletinIPAA
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Eliminate compensatory mitigation requirements, which established a net conservation goal for energy development on public landsIPAA, Hudbay, Rosemont Copper CompanyComplete7/30/2018FWS Rule WithdrawlIPAAHudbayRosemont Copper Company
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Complete environmental analysis to allow increased water diversionGarrison Diversion Conservancy DistrictComplete9/10/2018BOR Environmental ReviewGarrison Diversion Conservancy District
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Rescind regulations reducing the venting and flaring of natural gas from drilling operations on public landsIPAAComplete9/28/2018BLM Final RuleIPAA
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Weaken safety requirements for offshore drilling operators during oil and gas productionNOIA, Noble Energy CompanyComplete9/28/2018BSEE Final RuleNOIANoble Energy
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Allow increased oil and gas development in critical habitat for the imperiled sage-grouseIPAAComplete3/15/2019BLM Record of DecisionIPAA
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Advance seismic testing for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeState of AlaskaIn processFWS MemoState of Alaska Lawsuit
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Dramatically expand areas open to offshore leasingCobalt International Energy, IPAA, NOIA, Statoil, USOGAIn processBOEM Proposed PlanNOIAIPAAUSOGACobalt International EnergyStatoil
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Approve tribal gaming compactForest County Potawatomi CommunityIn processReview and approve gaming compact amendmentForest County Lawsuit
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Reduce interagency input on Endangered Species Act proceedingsGarrison Diversion Conservancy District, Hudbay, IPAA, Rosemont Copper CompanyIn processFWS Proposed RuleHudbay via AZ Mining AssocRosemont Copper CompanyGarrison Diversion Conservancy District via NESARCIPAA
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Reduce future protections for species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species ActGarrison Diversion Conservancy District, IPAAIn processFWS Proposed RuleGarrison Diversion Conservancy District via NESARCIPAA
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Allow economic considerations to weaken future Endangered Species Act protectionsGarrison Diversion Conservancy District, Hudbay, IPAA, Rosemont Copper CompanyIn processFWS Proposed RuleHudbay via AMARosemont Copper CompanyGarrison Diversion Conservancy District via NESARCIPAA
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Weaken safety regulations on offshore drilling blowout preventers implemented after the Deepwater Horizon spillIPAA, NOIA, Statoil, USOGAIn processBSEE Proposed RuleNOIAIPAAUSOGAEquinor (formerly Statoil)
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Weaken voluntary landowner conservation agreements designed to aid species that could be listed under the Endangered Species ActIPAA, Garrison Diversion Conservancy DistrictIn ProcessFWS Proposed RuleIPAAGarrison Diversion Conservancy District
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Reduce environmental reviews to increase water diversions for large agricultural water users in CaliforniaWestlands Water DistrictIn processSecretarial MemoWestlands Lawsuit
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Open new areas of California coast to offshore wind leasesStatoil Wind LLC, NOIAIn ProcessBOEM Call for NominationsNOIAEquinor Wind (formerly Statoil Wind)
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Reorganize the Department of InteriorIPAAIn ProcessDOI Proposed BudgetIPAA
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Approve a massive 5,000 well oil and gas project in Converse County, WyomingIPAAIn ProcessBLM Draft Environmental Impact StatementIPAA
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