Pendley on the move to GJ and the direction of the BLM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - After almost a month and a half in his new office, we sat down with the BLM's acting director to talk about the move from D.C. and about the direction of the BLM as a whole.

Wyoming-born William Perry Pendley says he's happy to be back in the mountains, and happy to have what he calls such a warm welcome to Western Colorado.

He says that even the protests on his first day at the new headquarters are indicative of the move being the right decision. Pendley says that being on the doorstep of all 245 million acres of public lands allows the BLM to make the best decisions for the land and for the people. He says he’s committed to balancing energy development and opportunities for recreation.

"We've had oil and gas development here on the Western Slope and in my home state of Wyoming and elsewhere in the West for decades and still this is a beautiful place to come and recreate and live. People who live here in the west want both, they want it all,” says Pendley, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs.

Pendley's temporary appointment as acting director of the BLM was extended in early January, this time through April 3rd.