Tim Fox is Montana’s attorney general. He was first elected to that office in 2012. He said that transfer of federal public lands to states “would seem very attractive.” He challenged the methane rule in court.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Tim Fox said the transfer of federal public land to states “would seem very attractive.”
Tim Fox declined to be interviewed about the transfer of public lands, but in a prepared statement said the idea “would seem very attractive.” He wrote, “the suggestion of transferring federal lands to state ownership has once again arisen because our State land managers continue to outperform their federal counterparts in every category of stewardship – habitat protection, sustainability, public access, environmental protection, jobs, and revenue,” the statement said. “When viewed in that light, a transfer of some or all federal lands to State management over time pursuant to a bi-partisan plan would seem very attractive, but only if these lands remain public and are not sold to the highest bidder.“ [Montana Standard, 08/31/14]
Tim Fox challenged the original Obama-era methane rule in court.
Tim Fox joined a lawsuit challenging BLM’s methane rule in 2016. “Montana Attorney General Tim Fox joined Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael in filing a lawsuit in federal court Friday, challenging a newly finalized rule by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that creates duplicative regulation of methane gas venting and flaring on federal land. … ‘The bottom line is, BLM has exceeded its legal authority with this rule, and is yet another example of the Obama administration pushing the envelope to see how much they can get away with before leaving office,’ said Attorney General Tim Fox. ‘Even if BLM had the authority to adopt this rule, it would have negligible environmental benefit, as it does little more than duplicate existing state standards for methane venting and flaring, while adding additional cost to industry by creating even more compliance requirements.’” [Attorney General Tim Fox Press Release, 11/18/16]