BLM’s Abbey Quietly Retires – His Agency Issues No Announcement

Controversial Bureaucrat Announced Retirement May 10th in Interior Dept. Press Release and on Website

Mustang Photo  by Laura Leigh, Horseback Magazine

WASHINGTON, DC (Department of Interior) – Bureau of Land Management Director Robert Abbey announced today that he will retire from public service at the end of May to rejoin his family full-time in Mississippi. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Director Abbey’s three-year tenure in leadership of the nation’s largest land management agency marks the culmination of a 34 year career of state and federal service.

“Bob has devoted his life and career to the service of his country and the stewardship of the resources with which we have been blessed,” Secretary Salazar said. “There has not been a time of more real or positive change at the Bureau of Land Management than under Bob’s leadership, from the renewable energy revolution he helped lead and the oil and gas reforms he implemented to the spectacular conservation lands he has helped protect for future generations. We are indebted to Bob for his visionary leadership, for his humility and kindness, and for the remarkable legacy he is passing along.”

“Serving as the BLM Director and having the opportunity to work with the most dedicated public servants in all of government has been the highlight of my career,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “It has been a privilege to work for President Obama and with Secretary Salazar and his team at the Department of the Interior on natural resource and energy issues of national importance. I will always be grateful to the Secretary for the opportunity he gave me and for his unwavering support. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and I leave knowing that our efforts to date will lead to even greater achievements in the months ahead.”

Since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August, 2009, Abbey oversaw the approval of 29 large-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, including 16 solar projects, 5 wind farms, and 8 geothermal plants. Prior to 2009, not a single solar project land had been approved for construction on public lands.

Abbey also implemented important reforms to BLM’s oil and gas leasing process to improve certainty, reduce conflict, and ensure that development is occurring in the right places and the right ways. At the same time, BLM has successfully helped expand domestic oil and gas production, including through the approval of major new projects like recently authorized Greater Natural Buttes project in Utah.

During his tenure, Abbey oversaw a significant expansion of the National Landscape Conservation System, led the agency toward more landscape-scale and partnership-driven planning, was a key leader in President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, helped the agency incorporate climate change more fully into its planning, and developed a set of wilderness recommendations that are a blueprint for Congressional action.

Abbey, a native of Clarksdale, Miss., is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife Linda have been married for 35 years and have one daughter, Leigh.

Following Director Abbey’s retirement on May 31, BLM Deputy Director Mike Pool will serve as Acting Director.

9 comments for “BLM’s Abbey Quietly Retires – His Agency Issues No Announcement

  1. Joe
    June 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Maybe Slaughter house Sue is working with him to slaughter wild horses and donkeys. Last fall when Sue was in Washington she was promoting wild horse slaughter. What ever works to get rid of the over breeding of wild horses.

  2. Denise
    June 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I suspect Mr Abbey is going to “consult” for profit, for the very same folks/corporations that got leases from his administration or be a lobbyist, start his own firm.

    Want to bet?…same with Slaughterczar. He will find a cozy home with the exact interests that hate wildlife, ecology and regulations that protect land, wildlife and water, air (as little as it is).

    D.C. and statehouses are so riddled and putrefied by money and special interests.

  3. sandra longley
    June 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks Bob, guess you finally ran out of things to destroy here in the west and moved back to Miss.-hoping the next time we hear about you-youve disappeared into the eye of a hurricane..why didn’t you take your buddy Salazar with you?

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  5. Stephanie
    June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    In the meantime, Sue Wallis of Unified Equine has announced they have their sites set on several locations in western Missouri to open a horse slaughter plant. This plant should it be given the go ahead by the USDA, would be within 500 miles of the majority of wild mustangs in long term holding…rounded up and put there by the BLM and Bob Abbey. Thanks Bob..nice legacy when it comes to our horses. Sue wants to slaughter our wild mustangs. We will not allow it. Plain and simple. NO.

  6. Robynne Catheron
    June 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    HALLELUJAH!!! Now we all need to pray his replacement isn’t another cattle guy. Our beloved wild horses need someone on their side for a change!

  7. shirley smith
    June 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hope he is replaced by someone who truly cares about animals and what happens to the protected wild horses they belong to us the public not the BLM! Leave them alone there is plenty of land and water for all!!!

  8. Louie Cocroft
    June 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Wonder who they’ll pass the hot potato to next?

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