Department of Interior

News Releases

WHISTLEBLOWERS EXPOSE INTERIOR DEPT. DIVERSION OF WATER FUNDS FROM FISH TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS

From: Allgov

"“We have concluded that there is a substantial likelihood that the information that you provided to OSC discloses a violation of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement;…

FARMERS VS. FISH: WATER WAR HEATS UP WITH PROBE INTO WHO GOT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

From: The Washington Post

"Two biologists for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation, which supply farmers with irrigation water and farmland in the Klamath Project, became…

WHISTLEBLOWERS CLAIM MILLIONS WASTED IN KLAMATH PROJECT

From: Siskiyou Daily News

"In a declaration delivered by whistleblowers to the OSC, Reclamation is accused of entering into a contract with KWAPA that it was not authorized to enter…

CLAIM AGAINST BOR GAINS TRACTION

From: Herald and News

"The Public Employees Environmental Responsibility (PEER) group announced Tuesday that a whistleblower claim against the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has been referred…

FEDERAL PROBE INTO KLAMATH IRRIGATOR CONTRACTS ORDERED

U.S. Special Counsel Directs Interior to Justify Legality and Purpose of Payments

BATTLE MOUNTAIN GRAZING SETTLEMENT SOWS SEEDS OF DISCORD

Rancher Rewarded for Defiant Trespass as BLM Avoids Enforcement at All Costs

VAST FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS AT RISK

U.S. Geological Survey Shirks Responsibility for Managing Troves of Specimens

NEW REVISIONS WEAKEN INTERIOR SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY SAFEGUARDS

Rules against Politicized Science Honeycombed with Loopholes and Escape Hatches

EXXON VALDEZ DAMAGES SUIT DRAGS INTO 2015 AND PERHAPS BEYOND

Judge Frustrated That Long Overdue Restoration Plan Still Not Near Completion

MOUNTAINS OF NATIVE AMERICAN REMAINS MISLAID AND MISLABELED

Federal Office Stopped Cataloguing Discoveries, Tracking Loans or Notifying Tribes



White Papers
Tortoise on the Half-ShellEnvironmental Malpractice at Mojave National Preserve (November 1999)
Details an inside account about how a federal agency legally dedicated to conservation has abdicated its responsibilities to the direct detriment of the natural resources and wildlife in its care. As a consequence of political presure and bureaucratic inertia, legal mandates have been flaunted, critical scientific data ignored and park managers have taken the posture that grazing at Mojave NP is, and will likely remain, unmonitored, unregulated and untouchable. more >>

War of AttritionSabotage of the Endangered Series Act by the U.S. Department of Interior (December 1997)
The U.S. Department of the Interior consistently ignores its own scientists' recommendations to list species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To stall discussion and shift the burden, the Department of the Interior is waiting for Congressional approval for a reauthorization bill that would greatly weaken the act. more >>

Surveys
2005  Interior Biologists Told To Fundraise

Other PEER Activities
Protest of Nomination of Craig Manson, for Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks