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Politics Jan 04Outgoing Interior secretary Ryan Zinke defends legacy as he leaves
As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.
Politics Dec 15Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks
In his resignation letter, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
Nation Dec 06Interior Department to loosen regulations protecting sage grouse
The Trump administration plans to ease restrictions on oil drilling, mining and other activities that could encroach on the bird's habitat.
Nation Oct 08Zinke approves ban on new mining claims on prized land near Yellowstone
The picturesque, 10,915-foot mountain has been at the center of the debate over whether mining should be allowed.
Nation Dec 09National monument eyed in Montana as others reduced by Trump
Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new monument on the border of its reservation.
Nation Oct 10Court can’t suspend Keystone XL pipeline decision, Trump administration says
Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District Court in Montana on Wednesday to defend the administration's March approval of the 1,179-mile pipeline — a lightning rod in the debate over what to do about climate change.
Politics Aug 22EPA knew of blowout risk ahead of Colorado mine accident
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency managers were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an inactive Colorado mine that could release large volumes of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals, according to documents released by the agency.