Earlier this month, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt extended William Pendley’s appointment as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for another three months. The BLM has not had a Senate-confirmed permanent director at any point during the Trump administration.
It is pretty clear why Mr. Pendley has not been formally nominated for the Director’s position—his extreme, ultra-conservative views and deep conflicts of interest would not win him confirmation in the Senate. Indeed, many groups are opposed to his appointment because of his record of opposition to the very mission of the agency he is leading. Read more >