BLM move still in play

The proposed move of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction is still possible, despite reports that the agency might settle in Denver, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said.

Gardner discussed the possible move of the agency during an interview with The Daily Sentinel before his town hall on Friday at Colorado Mesa University.

Published reports said that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke discussed moving the BLM to Denver and that remains possible, “but Denver would not be the final stop,” Gardner said.

Denver’s Federal Center could maintain the agency temporarily while suitable quarters can be arranged in Grand Junction, Gardner said.

Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., have introduced companion measures in the Senate and House that would require the BLM to move to one of 12 Western states. It would be up to Zinke, a former Montana representative, to choose the location.

Gardner said he also has seized on the opportunity to discuss the Jordan Cove proposal to pipe natural gas from northwest Colorado to the West Coast and then to markets in the Pacific Rim.

“I keep pushing Asia a lot” as a market for liquefied natural gas, which would provide Colorado with markets and the United States with a significant geopolitical energy advantage, Gardner said.

Gardner, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, said the relationship with North Korea is the most unstable it has been since 1953, but that the United States’ top priority remains the “peaceful denuclearization of the North Korean region.”

U.S. officials expect a missile launch today. If North Korea launches an intercontinental ballistic missile, Gardner said, “It will be shot down.”


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