Trump pick to lead BLM has complicated history with public lands

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“William Perry Pendley, the longtime president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a conservative legal fund that has fought the federal government on a host of issues in the American West, is now preparing for confirmation hearings to become the permanent director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Peter Jenkins, a senior counsel at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the people Pendley has supported over the years and the ties MSLF has maintained with extractive industries make him deeply concerned about Pendley’s ability to protect public lands. Pendley has released a 17-page list of people and organizations, such as the Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Mining Association, for whom he must recuse himself when it comes to decision-making at the BLM.”

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