Public Lands


Kyla Bennett

New England PEER’s Director and PEER’s Director of Science Policy, Kyla previously worked at EPA Region 1 for 10 years as a wetland permit reviewer and as the Region’s Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator. Kyla first became involved with PEER in the mid-1990s, when she became a whistleblower herself. Kyla has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Her familiarity with science, the law, and the inner workings of state and federal governmental agencies enable her to assist public environmental employees throughout New England.

BLOG: BLM Forges Ahead With Nevada Oil and Gas Leasing

by Chandra Rosenthal | September 22, 2020
Public lands in Nevada are being leased for oil and gas extraction despite little financial benefits to government but big losses to the public ...

Another Roll-Back That the Oil and Gas Industry Hoped You Wouldn’t Notice

by Chandra Rosenthal | September 16, 2020
The Forest Service hopes to pass a new rule making it easier for private companies to drill for oil and gas on our national forest systems ...

Beyond 2020: Bureau of Land Management

by Jeff Ruch | September 14, 2020
Conflicted leadership, loss of institutional knowledge, and marginalization of staff have left the Bureau of Land Management less capable than ever ...

Record Green Sea Turtle Nesting on Padre Island  

by Kirsten Stade | September 10, 2020
Park Service Cuts Green Turtle Program Just as Need for Protection Spikes ...

Comments on William Pendley Perry’s Unfitness to Lead the BLM

by Susan Sargent | September 9, 2020
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of PEER, comments to House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Roundtable on September 9, 2020 on William Perry Pendley’s Unfitness to Lead the Bureau of Land Management Thank you Chair Haaland, Chair Grijalva and Congressman Raskin for the ...

PEER Testifies Before Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

by Kyla Bennett | September 4, 2020
Kyla Bennett testified in front of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission to require a robust analysis of the impacts of oil and gas development ...