Environews, Minis

Environews: Scandal-plagued Zinke calls it quits

By Amy Brunvand

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, formerly a congressman from Montana, has announced his resignation due to charges of corruption and misconduct.

Zinke will be remembered in Utah for his role in downsizing Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante and for fast-tracking oil and gas leasing in inappropriate places.

During his tenure, Zinke promoted off-shore drilling, engaged in science denial, let hunters write conservation policy and attacked the Endangered Species Act.

Stephen Bloch, Legal Director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, noted that Utah’s federal public lands are unquestionably worse off because of Zinke and stated, “He will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst interior secretaries in living memory. Good riddance.”

This article was originally published on January 7, 2019.