For immediate release: July 24, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in New Mexico today for an unannounced, closed-door event at the Tamaya resort. Zinke has yet to hold a public event in New Mexico.

In response, Rio Grande Chapter organizer Miya King-Flaherty issued a statement:

“While Secretary Zinke is having his fireside chat with insiders, we’re waiting outside to tell him that his deference to every industry wish is hurting the American people.

“The Interior Department is shrinking national monuments and gutting popular protections like fixing methane leaks at oil and gas sites. Who is Secretary Zinke serving? Certainly not the New Mexican people, who overwhelmingly support BLM methane safeguards but whose voices are locked out, today and every day.”

Zinke meets privately in New Mexico while public is locked outside