Matthew’s Recent Stories
Nation Jul 12U.S. drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge
Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president.
Economy Jun 09Keystone pipeline nixed after Biden stands firm on permit
The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit.
Nation Apr 29U.S. agency to look at bringing back bison on Montana refuge
The remote landscape of badlands and prairie is bisected by the Missouri River. Bison historically roamed the area but were wiped out by overhunting across most of North America in the late 19th century.
Politics Apr 27U.S. agency seeks to speed up Native American land decisions
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued an order Tuesday that allows regional officials within the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve the transfer of off-reservation land into trust for tribes.
Politics Apr 23Biden taps Montana environmentalist to direct Bureau of Land Management
President Joe Biden has nominated Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula, Montana, to direct the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management. She will oversee roughly a quarter-billion acres of federally owned land in Western states.
Politics Mar 09U.S. officials say report on oil and gas sale ban due by summer
A long-term ban on sales from the nation's vast, publicly-owned oil and gas reserves to address climate change would fulfill a campaign pledge from Democratic President Joe Biden.
Politics Mar 08Trump policy that weakened wild bird protections is revoked
The move halted enforcement practices that resulted most notably in a $100 million settlement after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill killed about 100,000 birds.
Politics Feb 26Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland’s grilling raises questions on bias
Those who support the Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico say Haaland is being attacked for her ethnicity and beliefs that are widespread among Native Americans.
Nation Feb 11Judge overturns Trump action that lifted mining ban in U.S. West
U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said in Thursday's ruling that the decision under Trump to cancel a prior effort to ban mining failed to fully consider how the move would affect greater sage grouse.
Nation Feb 11U.S. agency cancels Trump policy on conservation purchases
Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega on Thursday rescinded a November order from former Secretary David Bernhardt that was criticized by lawmakers from both parties in Congress.