Moving US Land Agency West Brings Praise, Prompts Questions

The Trump administration's plan to move the government's largest land management office from Washington to Colorado evoked a mix of praise, criticism and questions Tuesday.The Bureau of Land Management scheduled a formal announcement of its plans Tuesday afternoon. A day earlier, delighted Republican lawmakers said the bureau's headquarters would move to Grand Junction, Colorado, and about 300 jobs would be relocated to Colorado, Nevada, Utah and other Western states.The bureau, part of the Interior Department, oversees nearly 388,000 square miles (1 billion square kilometers) of public land, and 99% is in 12 Western states. Those lands produce oil, gas and coal, and ranchers graze livestock on them as well."This is a victory for local communities, advocates for public lands and proponents for a more responsible and accountable federal government," said Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican.Gardner released a letter from the Interior Department Tuesday confirming the move to Grand Junction, a city of about 63,000 people 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Denver.FILE - Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., arrives at the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 31, 2018.Bill Stringer, a Uintah County, Utah, commissioner and retired Bureau of Land Management employee, said it's a good idea to put more agency employees "closer to where the action is" and in the same time zone as many of the ranchers who seek permits on public land.But Stringer said he wants to hear the details."Theoretically, it sounds like you might have better access," said Stringer, who retired in 2014 from the BLM. "But I'm interested in seeing what it really looks like."He noted that flying in and out of Grand Junction could be logistically difficult for people coming from Washington.    Steve Ellis, another retired bureau official who served as deputy director of the agency, questioned how effective senior leaders... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Moving US Land Agency West Brings Praise, Prompts Questions, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Moving US Land Agency West Brings Praise, Prompts Questions





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