Why is Obama’s Interior secretary, Ken Salazar, hiding memo on new monuments, wilderness areas?

April 28, 2010 05:12

Are we seeing a pattern here? HHS secretary Sebelius hid healthcare costs report and now this. Is this the transparency we were promised?

By: Mark Tapscott at Washington Examiner

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was asked in a Feb. 26, 2010, letter from Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, and other representatives from western states for the missing pages from a leaked government memo that “contained detailed information about the administration’s plans to designate as many as 14 new national monuments and lock up as much as 13 million acres in states throughout the West.”

Bishop and his colleagues asked Salazar to provide the missing pages by March 26, or a month after their letter went to the Interior chief.  More than two months later and Bishop has received exactly nothing from Salazar in response to the February 26 request.

Joining Bishop in making the request of Salazar were Rep. Doc Hastings, R-WA, the ranking GOP member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and 14 other members of the Western Caucus.

The congressmen have seven pages from the memo, including pages 15 – 21, which list the 14 potential new monuments and costs associated with the project, but the members have no way of knowing what else was in the memo or how many pages it totalled.


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