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Mark Barron Comments on BLM Headquarters Move from D.C. to Colorado

News / July 25, 2019

Partner Mark Barron is quoted in an article published July 22, 2019, by Law Week Colorado. The article, “No Shortage of Rhetoric After Agency Move Announcements,” reports on an announcement that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo.

Barron told the publication that the practical argument for having the BLM close to the public lands it regulates isn’t new. “The pros of moving are what people in the West have been complaining about for 150 years, which is that they get regulated by a bunch of Easterners who don’t know anything about the issues on the ground.” He added that a push to decentralize government – even if symbolic – seems to at least partially motivate the BLM move. “BLM is a great agency to start with, because almost nothing the agency controls is in D.C.,” Barron said, in reference to the vast majority of federal land’s concentration in Western states.

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