"Whistleblower: BLM Ignores Illegal Grazing After Bundy Fiasco"

"A career Bureau of Land Management official who was fired last month says the Trump administration is refusing to enforce federal laws and regulations governing livestock grazing in Nevada out of fear of sparking another armed standoff like the one five years ago involving rancher Cliven Bundy.

Craig Hoover, a 21-year BLM employee working in the bureau's Ely District Office, is appealing the April 29 decision to fire him, claiming it was retaliation for reporting that some ranchers in Nevada are illegally grazing livestock to the detriment of federal rangelands.

Hoover's appeal alleges a widespread effort under the Trump administration to appease ranchers in the Silver State, which was home to the infamous 2014 standoff led by Bundy and armed militia members who drove away federal agents attempting to remove Bundy's illegally grazing cattle."

Scott Streater reports for E&E News PM May 29, 2019.

Source: E&E News PM, 05/30/2019