Open Letter To Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary Of Interior On Occasion Of Her Visit To Alaska
We keep hoping that the current Administration's agency appointees will place loyalty to the one appointing them secondary to the public interest and fidelity to the Constitution.
|Secretary Jewell: We especially commend for your reading the wise counsel Alaska North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower has offered to you and the Administration. Here is her February 10, 2015 Op-Ed piece in the Alaska Dispatch News. Here is a speech she gave during your Alaska tour — just yesterday — to the Alaska Federation of Natives that directly addresses you and your administration. -dh|
So far, we've been disappointed. Agencies have operated in lockstep with the Obama Administration's political agenda rather than what they should know to be the honest, logical, right thing to do on behalf of the national interest. (We would hope that DOI could learn to honestly respond to the public interest without having to be continually chastened by our representatives in the Congress.)
In these pages, we have carefully documented flagrant examples of federal overreach, violations of the rule of law and due process. We have illustrated the Administration's application of 'death by a thousand cuts'. We have analyzed the cumulative effect of the debilitating volume and number of federal regulations and anti-development rulings. We have shown how an insidious cabal has worked together against the public interest and witnessed political coordination between your Department and special interest parties.
Many if not most of these anti-public interest violations have occurred within the agencies and offices of the Department of Interior, but the pattern runs rampant in most if not all of the Departments and even 'independent agencies'.
Above, we have linked you to examples. Please go to the Pacific Legal Foundation's webpage to learn of other federal abuses of power. Free enterprises throughout America are suffering from an unrestrained imposition of federal power that decreases private sector productivity and freedoms while increasing proliferation of bureaucratic personnel and rules.
Below is an email we received from a pioneer Alaskan whose fortune and investment was wiped out by your Department. It is only one of many examples, as we have shown. Were you to express a little sympathy for Wally McGregor's plight at the hands of your predecessors, it wouldn't compensate him for his financial losses, but it might give him hope that perhaps help is on the way and that, perhaps, he has not also completely lost his faith in Constitutional protections.
We commend this and countless other Alaskan case histories and counsel to your consideration, not the least of which is Mayor Charlotte Brower's (Photo with publisher Dave Harbour) Op-ed piece that we covered yesterday. Please also read her speech, given yesterday, to the Alaska Federation of Natives-Kotzebue Retreat; it is directly related to your Department.
We wish for you to experience a safe and informative trip.
Below is Wally's email to a Northern Gas Pipelines reader and his painstakingly prepared case history of, "The Orange Hill Story".
Dave Harbour, Publisher, Northern Gas Pipelines
Email from Wally McGregor copied to Northern Gas Pipelines:
I have been on the front line of the opposition to the WAR ON PRIVATE PROPERTY since the passage of ANILCA in 1980 when our Orange Hill property, a “World Class Copper Deposit” was enclosed in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the right to mine denied thereafter, as were your properties.
Over the course of the past 35 years, the National Park Service has refused to compensate for the Taking and has gone so far as to terminate a mineral appraisal, after the geologic data was disclosed to the appraiser.
As you are also aware, fighting for a Constitutional Right is enormously expensive in terms of both time and money, in my case, to no avail. To me, the Constitutional Fifth Amendment is nothing more than a piece of paper. The protection of private property rights is disregarded with impunity by the federal bureaucracy.
The attached copy of “AN UNAMBIGUOUS TAKING, THE ORANGE HILL STORY describes the ruthlessness and deviousness of the National Park management in its dealing with inholders on the issue of a private property rights.
Clearly, the disregard for private property rights is not confined to the National Park Service which imposes an enormous threat to the State of Alaska that is dependent upon its natural resources. Unless the threat is addressed and forthrightly dealt with there will be no incentive to invest in Alaska.
To me and my wife during our days of prospecting and exploration in the 60s and 70s, Alaska was ‘The Land Of Tomorrow’ The encroachment of the federal government has dimmed that concept of Alaska’s future.
Alaska Federation of Natives-Kotzebue Retreat
Remarks of NSB Mayor Charlotte E. Brower
Tuesday, February 17, 2015- 8:30 AM