Topic: Environment & Energy

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Lolita Zinke’s Travel, Role at Department of the Interior

October 5, 2017
American Oversight today sued the Department of the Interior to force the release of records related to Lolita Zinke, wife of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and her role at the department, use of taxpayer-funded travel, and participation in official meetings or other events.

Ryan Zinke’s Unethical Leadership at Interior

October 5, 2017
Since his appointment by President Trump, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct has raised questions about his management of the department and his use of taxpayer resources. From flights on government jets to potentially involving family members in official government business, it is important for the public to understand exactly what Secretary Zinke has been doing with his time in office.

Complaint: Western Values Project v. DOI – Lola Zinke Role at Interior

October 5, 2017
Complaint filed on behalf of Western Values Project regarding Ryan Zinke's wife's involvement at Department of the Interior, as part of a larger investigation into Ryan Zinke's unethical actions while serving as secretary of the department.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Calendars Show Deep Industry Connections

October 3, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's calendars from February through May 2017 show extensive meetings with energy and chemical industry executives and lobbyists, and provide a deeper look at how Pruitt has been spending his time at the head of the nation's environmental regulator. 

Scott Pruitt’s Mismanagement of the EPA

October 3, 2017
Under former Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency has become an increasingly secretive organization - making it difficult for the public and the press to understand how and why major policy decisions are being made.

“Serious, Likely Irreparable” Damage from Border Wall

September 29, 2017
Government records obtained by American Oversight show that officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have concerns about the potential environmental impact of President Trump's proposed all along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Investigating EPA’s Attacks on a Journalist

September 7, 2017
On September 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personally attacked a reporter from the Associated Press in a press release – citing an article from Breitbart. American Oversight is investigating why the EPA attacked AP reporter Michael Biesecker and whether they colluded with Breitbart to do so.