Installed as BLM Director without Senate confirmation, William Perry Pendley and his extremist views are a direct threat to hunters, anglers, and public lands. Throughout his career he has advocated for the sale or privatization of public lands and fought against the very agency he now oversees.
His numerous conflicts of interests and unbalanced views on how public lands should be managed are an affront to Western values. Despite exercising the authority of Director, Pendley has avoided a formal confirmation process by the Senate, which is required by the Constitution.
The American people deserve a clear and transparent process to appoint a Director of the BLM. Sign the petition below to call on Secretary Bernhardt to urge the President to officially nominate a qualified person to head the agency.
PETITION TO THE INTERIOR SECRETARY: NOMINATE A QUALIFIED BLM DIRECTOR NOW
The Bureau of Land Management – which manages 250 million acres of public land across the West and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights– has been without a Director since January 2017. Instead, the agency has been managed by a string of temporary assignments.
The latest person that you have appointed to run the BLM is William Perry Pendley. Mr. Pendley has directly and clearly advocated for the sale of federal public lands. This radical idea is anathema to Western values and would destroy hunting opportunity, outdoor recreation, and family ranches.
Pendley is an activist lawyer who has fought for decades against the ideals of public lands and the multiple-use mission of the agency he now directs. He presently has multiple conflicts-of-interest with lawsuits involving the Interior Department. He is also advocating to move the BLM headquarters to his home state of Colorado, which would reduce the BLM’s ability to work with other agencies and Congress.
Despite his radical views and controversial background, Mr. Pendley has avoided the legal confirmation process required by the Constitution. He has been installed into the position of running the BLM without the advice and consent of the Senate. Our elected leaders have been denied the opportunity to clarify Mr. Pendley’s opinions, examine his qualifications, or review his goals for the agency.
We, the undersigned hunters, anglers and other conservationists, call upon you to ask the President to nominate a qualified candidate for the job of Director for the Bureau of Land Management.
If you believe William Perry Pendley is qualified to serve as Director of the Bureau of Land Management, then he should be vetted by the American people through the Senate confirmation process. If he is not qualified for the job, then you need to deliver on your responsibility as Interior Secretary to find someone who is.