Do you want to know a secret? FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act, gives private citizens the right to get information from federal agencies. It exists to promote transparency, accountability, and prompt access to a wide range of information. But under proposed revised regulations, the Department of the Interior (DOI) would be able to decide … Continue reading Secrets and Lies: Comment NOW against proposed FOIA Regs
Deadline: November 26, 2018 The Current Occupant's tradition of lying is by now well-known, but sometimes it's easier if something just ... happens to the truth, especially to documentation of the truth. And so Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (at least as of this writing), has sent National Archives & Records … Continue reading Don’t Let the Government Destroy Important Environmental Documents
By Christina Tarr On February 18, 2018, Indivisible East Bay and Golden Gate Audubon Society held a birding-and-postcard-activism event near the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt in Oakland. We told people about our local avian wildlife and about the 100 year old Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which proposed legislation and an interpretation of the Act by … Continue reading For the Birds
By Christina Tarr First enacted in 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) makes it a crime to “pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill,” possess, sell, purchase, or ship any migratory bird or any part, nest or egg of a migratory bird unless authorized by regulation. More than a thousand … Continue reading Protect the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
By Christina Tarr It seems it's not enough for the Interior Department proposing to open all coastal waters of the United States (including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but excluding Florida, apparently) to leasing for continental shelf oil and gas drilling (don’t forget to comment on that, by the way, and note that there will be … Continue reading Protect Offshore Drilling Regulations!
On Thursday August 24, over 60 activists attended a rally in front of the Department of Interior's regional offices in San Francisco, to protest the close of the Trump Administration's review of 27 national monuments, and breaking news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended the reduction of numerous national monuments.