Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: July 21-25, 2014
Announcements, Events, and News
BLM Director Neil Kornze on July 24, 2014, shared information with industry representatives about the agency’s efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity. In a talk at the American Petroleum Institute, Kornze cited a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands as issues of critical common interest. In speaking to the API’s Upstream Committee, Kornze emphasized that the agency’s efforts to address these issues through a proposed fee system would allow the BLM to be more responsive to the industry’s operational needs. “The BLM takes its role in the nation’s energy economy very seriously. A properly-resourced BLM oil and gas program means better service for companies and more certainty for the public that operations are being conducted in an environmentally sound manner.” Read the press release .
Social Media Highlights
Last week, more than 250 soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, trained with the BLM Oregon/Washington and U.S. Forest Service at the Yakima Training Center. BLM was represented by Crew No. 7 from Lakeview, which is comprised of military veterans. View the full photo set from the training on BLM Oregon/Washington’s Flickr site.
The BLM last week featured Blazing a New Oregon Trail by Zach Jarrett and Matt Christensen, BLM Oregon/Washington, on the the My Public Lands Tumblr. Blazing a New Oregon Trail – included in the inaugural My Public Lands magazine – tells the story of local mountain bike riders who helped build world-class trails in Portland, Oregon. Read the full story, and then see the work in action on the BLM Oregon/Washington’s YouTube.
The BLM kicked off a social media campaign last week that features interns participating in this summer’s BLM Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistant Internship Program. Each intern was recruited by partner Mobilize Green, a nonprofit organization that “jumpstarts” green careers for diverse and underrepresented students and recent graduates. Every Wednesday this summer, the BLM will share an intern story on the My Public Lands Tumblr. Read last week’s introductory post about the intern program, and then check out the post about the first featured intern. Follow along using hashtags #BLMintern and #MobilizeGreen.