Obama Nominates Nevada's Abbey as U.S. BLM Director
Source: Mineweb, Dorothy Kosich (6/15/09)
"Former federal regulator, Renoite Robert Abbey, nominated to head the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees a considerable portion of domestic hard rock mining."
Abbey, who has often worked with the Nevada hard rock mining industry, has been endorsed for the director's post by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the Public Lands Council, and 15 state and national livestock associations.
In a recent statement, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar—who sources say asked Abbey to come out of retirement and take the director's job—said, "Through his decades of public service, Bob Abbey has shown again and again that he is the consummate professional natural resources manager. His dedication to our country's National System of Public Lands and his commitment to building partnerships make him an ideal choice to lead one of the most complex federal land managing agencies."
The BLM manages more land—256 million acres—than any other federal agency. The lands are primarily located in 12 western states. The Bureau administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights throughout the nation.
Reid said, "I can't think of a more qualified person to head the BLM than Bob Abbey. With his extensive experience in Nevada, a state where nearly 90% of the land is federally managed, our state will have a friend at the BLM who understands the challenges we face in managing and preserving Nevada's great outdoors and its immense renewable energy resources."
Abbey was involved in public service for more than 32 years before retiring from the federal government in 2005. He served eight years as the Nevada BLM state director.