ryan zinke

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Puerto Rico‘s electric power authority (PREPA) has cancelled Whitefish Energy Holdings’ controversial $300 million contract to help rebuild the U.S. territory’s Hurricane Maria-wrecked power grid. The small Montana-based power company said it was “very disappointed” with the decision which came after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló called on PREPA to “immediately” cancel the deal. Many questions have […]

    Trump to Shrink Utah National Monuments to Allow Drilling, Mining

    Trump to Shrink Utah National Monuments to Allow Drilling, Mining

    The Trump administration will shrink two national monuments in Utah including the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, opening the lands up for potential industry use. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) confirmed in a Friday statement that Trump called the senator to inform him of the Bears Ears decision and that he will also shrink Utah’s […]

    7 Reasons Why Jeff Flake Is Awful on Climate Change and Energy Justice

    7 Reasons Why Jeff Flake Is Awful on Climate Change and Energy Justice

    This week, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made national headlines by dramatically announcing his retirement on the U.S. Senate floor. Flake focused his speech on the erratic behavior of President Donald Trump and the nationalistic, anti-immigration turn taken by some Republican Party politicians in recent years. “I have decided that I will be better able […]

    While Trump Opens National Parks to Fossil Fuel Drilling, Fee Hikes Would Lock Out Vacationing Families

    While Trump Opens National Parks to Fossil Fuel Drilling, Fee Hikes Would Lock Out Vacationing Families

    By Julia Conley The national parks, heralded by one former director as containing “the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health,” may soon be off-limits to many working American families due to price hikes that were proposed on Wednesday by Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke. Citing the need to address maintenance and infrastructure […]

    Two-Person Company Gets $300 Million Contract to Restore Puerto Rico’s Power Grid, Raising Questions

    Two-Person Company Gets $300 Million Contract to Restore Puerto Rico’s Power Grid, Raising Questions

    Bipartisan lawmakers expressed concern Tuesday over the contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid being given to a tiny energy firm from Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke‘s hometown. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed a $300 million contract last week with two-year-old Montana-based Whitefish Energy, which employed only two people when Hurricane Maria hit the […]

    Offshore Oil Drilling May Be Coming to a Coastline Near You

    Offshore Oil Drilling May Be Coming to a Coastline Near You

    By Pete Stauffer It’s nearly impossible to convince certain people, most notably leaders of our federal administration, that bold action is needed on climate change, but recent events have certainly made a compelling case. Three major hurricanes have battered U.S. coasts in recent months, impacting the lives of millions of people and causing billions of […]

    Video Shows Oil Company’s Plans to Drill Arctic From Artificial Island

    Video Shows Oil Company’s Plans to Drill Arctic From Artificial Island

    The Liberty Project has posted a video about its proposal to build the nation’s first oil production platform in federal waters in the Arctic. The video was quietly uploaded two months ago and shows Hilcorp Alaska’s plan to build an artificial gravel island and undersea pipeline for its offshore drilling project in the Beaufort Sea. […]