Haaland on Pendley’s Withdraw From BLM Nomination

August 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement after President Trump withdrew William Perry Pendley’s nomination to be BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Director:

“William Perry Pendley was always a dangerous choice to lead an agency charged with managing and protecting our public lands, yet President Trump still put him up for the nomination. So we rang the alarm and pressed Pendley in committee about his work to dismantle public lands and ignorant attitudes toward Native Americans. Though this is good news today, we’re still fighting an Administration that wants to cut off large swaths of our public lands to sell them to the highest bidder, line their friends’ pockets, and put polluters over people. I will continue holding this Administration accountable for using their position to enrich themselves, refusing to consult with Tribes, and gutting protections meant to keep our families safe from pollution and preserve our natural treasures.”

Haaland revealed Pendley’s disrespect for sacred sites and public lands during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in September.