Senator Barasso Says BLM Director Nominee Not Good For Wyoming

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), recently delivered the following remarks at a nominations hearing.

The hearing featured testimony from Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning (D-MT), nominee to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; Ms. Shalanda Baker, nominee to be director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact at the Department of Energy; Mr. Samuel Walsh, nominee to be general counsel at the Department of Energy; and Dr. Andrew Light, nominee to be assistant secretary of the Department of Energy for International Affairs.

“I would also like to welcome Tracy Stone-Manning, Shalanda Baker, Samuel Walsh, and Andrew Light to the committee.

“Congratulations to each of you on your nominations.

“Ms. Stone-Manning has been nominated to serve as the director of the Bureau of Land Management at the Department of the Interior.

“If confirmed, Ms. Stone-Manning will oversee over 247 million acres of federal lands.

“That is one in every ten acres in the United States – about 12 percent overall of our nation’s landmass.

“She will also manage approximately 30 percent of America’s minerals.

“By law, she will be required to govern these resources in a way that ensures their multiple use.

“The director of the Bureau of Land Management has a tremendous amount of power.

“In this role, Ms. Stone-Manning will have authority over lands and minerals in every state – including my home state of Wyoming.

“Wyoming is proud to be America’s leading producer of coal, uranium, trona, and bentonite.

“Almost 50 percent of Wyoming’s surface area and almost 70 percent of our minerals are owned by the federal government.

“We rank number one in federal natural gas production and number two in federal oil production.

“In addition, grazing, recreation, and off-highway-vehicle access on BLM lands are all critically important to Wyoming.

“The Bureau of Land Management needs a director who believes in, and is committed to, upholding the agency’s multiple-use mandate.

“Based on her record, I am concerned that Ms. Stone-Manning does not fit the bill.

“Her career has been defined by her support for policies that restrict multiple-use activities on public lands.

“On Twitter and in other public forums, she has expressed views that threaten the livelihoods of energy producers, ranchers, farmers, loggers, and others with a stake in the responsible use of our natural resources. 

“She opposes an ‘American energy dominance’ agenda.

“She supports prohibiting oil and gas development on federal lands and waters. 

“She believes it was wrong to relocate the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, Colorado, so it would be closer to the resources the agency manages and the people it serves.

“Perhaps most troubling is Ms. Stone-Manning’s unvarnished political partisanship.

“In a tweet from February, she summarily dismissed concerns expressed by me and my Republican colleagues about then-Congresswoman Haaland’s nomination to be Secretary of the Interior as nothing more than ‘a dog-whistle reserved for a candidate of Haaland’s tribal status – and gender.

“Last year, for political gain, she smeared a champion of commonsense conservation and member of this committee.

“As a member of the board of director and treasurer of Montana Conservation Voters, Ms. Stone-Manning signed-off on political ads attacking Montana Senator Steve Daines.

“Montanans saw right through it.

“So have I.

“I look forward to hearing Ms. Stone-Manning’s explanation for why Republicans like me, Senator Daines, and other colleagues on this side of the dais should have confidence that she will work with us in good-faith and in a bipartisan fashion.

“I also look forward to hearing the testimony of our other nominees – Ms. Baker, Mr. Walsh, and Dr. Light.

“I hope they will explain how they plan to promote an ‘all-of-the above’ energy strategy that successfully leverages all of America’s abundant energy resources.

“Congratulations again to all of the nominees.

“I look forward to hearing your testimony.”

Ms. Stone Manning has spent the last four years with the National Wildlife Federation.



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Harriett Oleson
1 month ago

Isn’t it amazing !!!! You can’t see Trump’s lips move when Barrasso talks, nor can you see McConnell pulling Barrasso’s strings in all those multiple photo & TV opps.

dennis west
1 month ago

No credibility for this dishonest man. Why should I listen to anything he says after he ignores an attack on the US capitol (1st assault since the British in 1814) after he swore an oath to protect this country and our constitution. Poor example of someone in public service. He fails at the most fundamental duty of the office. I believe the good Dr is only interested in power, status and money. Who knows actually who he really is? At best an embarrassment to what used to be a state culture of integrity.

Thomas Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  dennis west

If Biden was supposed to be a moderate, why is he picking marxist radicals for his cabinet? Hint: he isn’t, but obama is. Biden is just a puppet for the multinational corporate oligarchs.

Mitch Smith
1 month ago

Keep fighting for Wyoming John, we are in battle and need you as our leader in this fight against green energy, Wyoming killing economics. This high tax, liberal thinking, California way isn’t what we need. Wyoming is a Free State, and we want to keep it that way!

Harriet Oleson
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

Mitch,, I think Dennis has repeated THE good question about the credibility of a Wyo senator who’s silence, makes him guilty of complicity in trump’s attempted overthrow of our constitution on Jan 6.

dennis west
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

You’re kidding, right Mitch? Good joke. Our good Dr Barrasso and his repub cronies held both houses of congress AND the presidency. They saved how many Wyoming jobs. Ha Ha, good one, Mitch. You are pretty sharp to point out they didn’t! Barrasso and the repubs aren’t really interested in the well being of ordinary citizens – otherwise they’d be funding training for us all in jobs that will pay good wages from here on, not ones that have clearly lost to the changes in energy sources. The repubs are only working for their moneyed friends and just need to pretend that they are honorable and doing something because ordinary folks are so gullible. Nice that you see thru that and can joke about their “good service” to the state, Mitch.

Mitch Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  dennis west

Two years ago Wyoming was booming, you can not argue that….. Wyoming is hurting now, look at the type of jobs that are out there? You want to flip burgers, go ahead McDonalds will hire you, but Decker Coal won’t! Thanks joe

Harriet Oleson
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

Maybe you should do a little research, while sipping your trump kool aid. Coal’s decline began 2008 and really went in the no sales tank starting in 2012. trump said he would fix that if you elected him in 2016, Mitch. Sales of coal dropped even faster during his administration but don’t blame him cause coal was doomed long before he started his promises.. But he did have 4 years to try to help the coal miners, with little effect. Now you are blaming Biden, {who has been in office for a few short months} try to learn the facts before you post.

Mitch Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Harriet Oleson

It isn’t because i am so smart Harriet, it is just because you are out of touch with reality…… What has happened since sleepy joe took office is terrible! On a micro scale, Decker has shutdown, but McDonalds is hiring? I hope you like big Macs! How does $12/hr grab your skirt? This green new deal, high inflation, blm stuff, woke culture isn’t the answer, and it certainly isn’t Wyoming………. biden has done in 4 months to wreck this economy than anyone could ever imagine, look at our border, look at the numbers in the workforce BEFORE the plandemic, and compare them to now…….. Your ignorance is glaring.

Harriet Oleson
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

“Micro scale” that IS the perspective the trump kool-aid gives you all right. Very Sad.

Thomas Jones
1 month ago

Rigged elections have consequences, and someone who worked for the far left radical NWF has a major conflict of interest with the BLM.