Hatch urges BLM, public to avoid conflict

WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. Orrin Hatch  issued the following statement Friday regarding the controversy related to recent Bureau of Land Management law enforcement action in western states and urged the public and the Bureau to strive to avoid conflict.

As a federal land management agency, it is the responsibility of the Bureau to manage lands for multiple use. BLM should work cooperatively with state and local law enforcement to protect the public when they visit public lands. It is discouraging to see the recent trend towards the use of force in emotional situations surrounding public land management. I was relieved that there were no serious injuries in Bunkerville, Nevada last month and in that same regard, I would urge that when the public uses the public land to strive to do so in a peaceful manner. I also encourage the BLM to make timely decisions regarding disputes in order to show elected officials and citizens that they are willing to work cooperatively with the public.

Submitted by the Offices of Orrin Hatch

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  • Kenneth Carlton May 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Glad you jumped right on this Senator.

  • idahodemocrat May 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    For 50 years I have watched the oil and gas and other “energy” related developers trying to get their hands on the public lands in southern Utah. These armed “separatist” are nothing more than hired thugs. Sen. Hatch should support the BLM and their efforts. Cliven Bundy is a freeloading deadbeat and should pay his bills.

    • JAR May 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      When the BLM mandates all potato harvest in Idaho be immediately banded to make room for new turtles habitat and wind turbine generation, We look forward to Idahodemocrat giving the BLM his full support.

      • Burton May 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        I totally agree! They are only supporters until it affects them. Isn’t the state of Idaho one of the leaders in the anti federal government movement anyways!?

  • Burton May 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I hope the protest four wheeler ride over in san juan goes safe and the feds and BLM are starting to understand that the people paying the taxes for all this so-called “public lands” are tired of the federal government and all its agencies closing off these lands to the people who are paying for it. I stand with Rep. Chris Stewart calling on congress to disarm these federal agencies. Why again exactly does the EPA, and BLM need assault weapons? That’s what the local sheriffs are for. There is not a square inch of land in this country that isn’t regulated and protected by county sheriffs and their deputies. Of course as we seen in Clark county not all sheriffs are created equal. Sherriff Gillespie did absolutely nothing to protect the citizens of his community when yet another rogue federal agency overstepped their boundaries. The so-called BLM land and federal land should be handed over to the states to legislate and regulate the lands the way they feel fit. Let the states decide how to utilize the natural resources the way they want. You see, what most people don’t realize (because most people havent read the United States Constitution) is the federal government was never supposed to own vast amounts of land. I understand National Parks, Monuments and things of that sort. But not millions of acres just to block the states from getting any monetary benefit from it.

    Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

    Thomas Jefferson

    These aren’t my quotes they are a great Americans and one of the greatest minds to bless this country. President Thomas Jefferson. You guys should read about him!

  • Lillith70 May 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Only democrats are allowed the right to protest via civil disobediaence? The silent majority the folks who have eto work to eat, have lomg emdured the hypocrisy of the left and the socialist/communist dictatorial polices of current democrat administration has reached critical mass.

    Glad to hear the “gentleman of the Senate” weighing in on this as leaders should, asking for peace and civility but still faulting the force of arms so willingly used by the current regime.

    I remember Occupy Wall Street and obama encouraging them rather than calling for peace. That is what the left wants. They as anarchists and a peaceful rollover of the peace loving workers/taxpayers (words “taxpayers” and “voters” used to be synonymous).

    Washington and Jefferson feared a day such as we have would be America’s fate–last/best hope of the world in now in decline or as obama promised, fundamentally changed. Talk about a pig in a poke? Some liars can fool 47% of the people all of the time, Honest Abe.

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