Tom Paterson’s Spur Ranch Cattle Company is an excellent steward of public grazing lands in New Mexico. But he and dozens of other ranchers are at risk of being put out of business by radical environmentalists and their junk science.
Yesterday, MSLF filed a brief on behalf of two Utah counties near Grand Staircase-Escalante. In it, MSLF joined with several local individuals and sporting organizations represented by Pacific Legal Foundation, rural farmers, and the State of Utah again supporting the federal government’s position in Wilderness Society v. Trump that it lawfully reduced the size of two Utah national monuments.
The opportunity to work as a fellow at Mountain States Legal Foundation taught me that it is imperative we hold our government accountable and keep it in check.
In the lobby of True Companies in Casper, Wyoming hangs a plaque: The Code of the West. The 10 principles listed include courage, fairness and keeping your word. Those are all values True Companies’ founder “Dave” True, Jr., 1915-1994, lived out. The legendary Wyoming wildcatter is also known to many as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He’s known to Mountain States Legal Foundation as a hero and former Chairman of the Board.
The CFTC changed the rules regarding Monex Deposit Company’s business, after years of approving of their business model. Sudden rule changes and retroactive enforcement like this infringe on constitutional due process protections. They also put citizens, businesses and the economy at risk.
When the government can change the rules anytime without warning, all livelihoods are threatened. That’s why MSLF filed an amicus brief in Monex v. CFTC.
Imagine buying a lease from the government, spending years following the rules and preparing to access leased minerals, only to have it cancelled and have to sue for your rights? Sidney Longwell doesn’t have to imagine. He’s living it.
Wyoming ranchers are increasingly threatened by the growing grizzly population, but environmentalists want to keep it listed as a protected species. MSLF is fighting for at risk ranchers against the radical environmental groups.
Environmentalists’ efforts to keep grizzly bears protected by the Endangered Species Act puts Wyoming ranchers in harm’s way. MSLF attorney Cody Wisniewski discussed the problem and the case with Glenn Woods on Wake Up Wyoming.
One man’s thirty five-year battle with the federal government appeared to end last September, when a federal judge ruled that the Department of the Interior had wrongly cancelled his oil and gas lease. But the battle was not over.