Nonprofit Activist-Turned-Interior Official Is Using Federal Power To Shut Down Arctic Drilling, Ethics Watchdog Alleges

Nonprofit Activist-Turned-Interior Official Is Using Federal Power To Shut Down Arctic Drilling, Ethics Watchdog Alleges


A government watchdog group filed a complaint with the inspector general’s office at the U.S. Department of the Interior last week, accusing a senior land administrator of crossing the ethics line on Arctic leases.

The transparency nonprofit Protect the Public’s Trust accused Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Laura Daniel-Davis of improper influence over the Interior Department’s cancellation of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Prior to joining the Biden administration, Daniel-Davis was chief of policy at the National Wildlife Federation, which had sued the department over the leases under President Donald Trump.

In a press release, Protect the Public’s Trust wrote that based on whistleblower reports and a Freedom of Information Act request, “Ms. Daniel-Davis’ involvement

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