Bloomberg Law
Sept. 10, 2019, 3:45 PMUpdated: Sept. 10, 2019, 4:17 PM

Americans a ‘New Client’ as BLM Moves West, Director Says (2)

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley, who in the past advocated for selling off federal lands, told a congressional committee Sept. 10 that he “loves” U.S. public lands, as he defended the planned BLM headquarters move to Grand Junction, Colo.

Accused by Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) of mocking American Indians in a speech a decade ago, Pendley told members of the House Natural Resources Committee that his past statements about Native Americans and public lands are irrelevant as BLM chief.

“I have a new client, and my client is the American people,” Pendley said, ...