With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke

July 9, 2018

Green groups wasted little time denouncing the administration's environmental policies in the hours after President Trump announced his controversial Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was stepping down.

But the press releases from the Wilderness Society and the Center for Western Priorities were not so much about the EPA or its outgoing chief as they were about another Trump Cabinet official -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

For months, advocacy organizations focused on public-lands issues have attempted to raise the profile of Zinke and his activities at the Interior Department. Now with Pruitt gone, they hope Zinke's time has come.

By Dino Grandoni



A Look At Zinke's Whitefish 'Peace Park' Democrats Want Investigated

An undeveloped park in Whitefish has attracted national attention because it reportedly links Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to trading favors with an oil pipeline chairman and former executive.

Here’s some background: In 2008 and 2013, Zinke got BNSF Railway to donate about 11 acres on the edge of town for his proposed Great Northern Veterans Peace Park.

By Nicky Ouellet