Clear conflict of interest

Print Article

The recent appointment of William Perry Pendley as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management should deeply trouble all Montanans who love our public lands. Mr. Perry is an outspoken advocate for selling off all public lands, including places like Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Flathead National Forest, places vital to our heritage, our way of life, and our economy, especially here in Northwest Montana.

Equally troubling is Mr. Pendley’s long-standing defense of oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area south of Glacier Park, an area rich in wildlife as well as sacred to the Blackfeet people. Until last month, Mr. Pendley represented one of the oil company’s suing the federal government for the right to drill in this ecologically and culturally irreplaceable landscape. Now as the acting director of BLM, Mr. Pendley the plaintiff has become the defendant. This is a clear conflict of interest and our senators must ensure, at a minimum, that Mr. Pendley is recused from matters involving the Badger

Moreover, Mr. Pendley should be removed from his position as acting director of BLM as his ideological views make him unfit to lead America’s largest land management agency. But so far only Senator Tester has taken action. Senator Daines has not. Please urge Senator Daines to demand Mr. Pendley’s recusal.

Our incredible public lands deserve someone who will steward them wisely for the benefit of all Americans, not someone who wants to recklessly exploit them and sell them to the highest bidder. The future of the Badger, Glacier, the Bob, and all the other public lands we love, depend on us speaking up.

Peter Metcalf, Whitefish

Print Article

Read More

Dogs nip Cats in thriller

September 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Whitefish Pilot It was close, but the Bulldogs pulled away for a 17-14 rivalry win over the Columbia Falls Wildcats. It was a slow start for both teams, with the first score of the game coming early in the second q...

Comments

Read More

Fundraiser aims to assist ski patrol employee

September 11, 2019 at 5:00 am | Whitefish Pilot A fundraiser is set next week for Mark Dundas, a Glacier National Park employee and member of the ski patrol at Whitefish Mountain Resort, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Dunda...

Comments

Read More

Legals September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019 at 5:00 am | No. 2510 WHITEFISH BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING At a meeting of the Whitefish Board of Adjustment on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm, the Board will hold a public hearing on the i...

Read More

City sets priorities for remaining TIF funds

September 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm | Whitefish Pilot Whitefish has an ambitious list of project it plans to organize before its tax increment finance district sunsets next summer. City Manager Adam Hammatt recently presented City Council with an upda...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 862-3505
312 E. Second Street
Whitefish, MT 59937

©2019 Whitefish Pilot Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X