William Perry Pendley’s Fossil Fuel Funding

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt named William Perry Pendley as deputy director of policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management in July of 2017. Since then, Pendley has served as acting head of the Bureau, with Bernhard extending his tenure by Secretarial Order in May of 2020. Interior is now facing multiple lawsuits that …

Oil Execs on Trump’s “Opening the Country Council” Lost Millions for Shareholders, Spent Millions on Politics and Lobbying

On April 14, 2020, President Trump named almost 200 corporate executives and republican insiders to an advisory council on the coronavirus. The council is set to advise Trump on when and how to re-open the economy, and gives its members a formal role in advising economic policy. Trump described their role this way: “These bipartisan …

Top Interior Official MacGregor Tied to Offshore Oil Industry

This week, Marco Rubio removed a hold on the Senate’s confirmation vote for the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Rubio first enacted the hold weeks ago because Kate MacGregor, the nominee, favors opening the waters off of Florida for offshore drilling. An analysis by Documented featured in the Miami Herald shows Sen. Rubio has cause …

Kate MacGregor

Political Appointees at the Department of Interior have given special treatment to ex-clients of their boss, David Bernhardt, the oil lobbyist turned Secretary of the Interior.  SUMMARY Top Interior political appointee Katherine Macgregor, soon to be confirmed as Deputy Secretary, helped a former client of Secretary David Bernhardt secure oil and gas drilling permits from …

David Bernhardt’s Ex-Lobbying Clients Met 70 times with Interior Department Appointees

  A new analysis from Documented has found that from 2/15/17 to 10/1/18, there were at least 70 meetings between top DOI political appointees and entities listed on Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s ethics recusal letter. The analysis demonstrates that despite legally binding ethics pledges, Bernhardt’s one time lobbying clients have few fetters on their …

David Bernhardt Met With API in a Second Undisclosed Meeting

Official documents released by the Department of the Interior reveal that acting Secretary David Bernhardt met with the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Denver, Colorado, on July 26, 2018. Bernhardt was the Deputy Secretary of the Interior at the time. According to travel forms that track travel expenses paid by non-Federal entities, API bought Bernhardt …

Department of the Interior Ignores Scientists to Appease Oil Industry on Endangered Beetle

Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior has used “unsound science and poor ethics” in an attempt to cut protections for an endangered species of beetle, according to top scientific experts involved in the matter. The species at issue is the American Burying Beetle, whose last remaining habitat includes choice onshore oil and gas fields. This has made …

Interior Department’s Vincent DeVito – the documents

Vincent DeVito is a Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior on Energy Policy. He was appointed by Ryan Zinke on May 1, 2017. The following source documents reveal Vincent DeVito’s hand in policy actions taken by the Department of the Interior meant to benefit the coal and oil industries. This page contains all relevant materials …

Scott Angelle, BSEE Director, Favors Meetings with Oil Industry Donors to His Past Campaigns

An investigation by The New York Times’ Eric Lipton released March 10th, 2018, describes how the industry-tied Director of the U.S. offshore safety enforcement bureau has cut safety and environmental regulations on the oil industry. New details of that story, released by Documented, reveal that the Director of the Bureau for Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has …