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Ms. Sylvia V. Baca

Wrong Sylvia V. Baca?

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Interior Department

Employment History

  • BLM Director
    President Clinton
  • Acting Director
    Interior for Lands and Mineral Resources
  • Principal Policy Advisor To the Secretary of the Interior for Environmentally Responsible Stewardship of Public Lands and Resources
    Department of the Interior
  • Acting Director
    Bureau of Land Management
  • Assistant Secretary and Acting Director
    Bureau of Land Management
  • Interim Director
    Bureau of Land Management
  • Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety
    BP p.l.c
  • Director of Global Health, Safety, Environment and Emergency Response
    BP p.l.c
  • Senior Management Positions
    BP p.l.c
  • Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment
  • General Manager for Social Investment Programs and Strategic Partnerships
    BP America Inc.
  • Senior Management Positions
    BP America Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
  • BLM Named- Assistant Secretary
    Interior for Lands and Mineral Resources
  • Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
    Department of the Interior
  • Assistant Secretary
    Lands and Minerals
  • Board Member On the California Climate Action Registry, Natural Resources Council of America
    University of Colorado Natural Resources School of Law
  • Board Member


  • master's degree , Public Administration and Finance
    University of New Mexico
  • master's degree , Public Administration and Financefrom
    University of New Mexico
140 Total References
Web References
On Wyoming's Range, Water is Scarce but Welfare is Plenty, 16 Mar 2014 [cached]
In early 2010, Interior Department Assistant Secretary Sylvia Baca, the former oil company executive, candidly told the ranchers that they would have to sue her own agency to vindicate their claimed right to get rid of the horses. This is the same Sylvia Baca, a BP veteran, whose subsequent work for the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service has worried environmentalists and others concerned about the oil and gas industry's influence on the agency required by law to oversee it.
The parties appear to disagree on precisely what Baca said, however, and there even is some room between versions offered by the ranchers. Last year, when the lawsuit first was filed, the Grazing Association wrote in its complaint that Baca, then working for Interior on wild horse issues, "attributed the [BLM's] failure to comply [with horse removal requirements] with external influences on the Department and Congress, and the lack of funding due to the need to contract for sanctuaries.
* Sylvia Baca, Deputy ..., 9 Feb 2011 [cached]
* Sylvia Baca, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior BLM urges 30-year extension for Alaska pipeline, 29 Nov 2002 [cached]
The environmental impact review was ordered in 1999 by President Clinton's BLM director, Sylvia Baca.Although the pipeline had been in operation since 1979, Baca believed a full environmental review was justified "because of the great import and significance of TAPS," said Rhea DoBosh, spokeswoman for the Joint Pipeline Office, the consortium of federal and state agencies that regulate pipeline operations.
The Desert Independent, 31 May 2010 [cached]
Sylvia Baca of (formally of) British Petroleum - Salazar's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Lands and Minerals Management:
In 2001, Baca left the Interior Department to take a job as a senior manager at BP America-the same BP of the Gulf disaster. Ironically, while at BP, one of her responsibilities was to develop health, safety, and emergency response programs.
Six months after beginning her second stint at DOI, Baca attended the December 2009 BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Reno , representing the "Salazar Plan " to the Board.
During a break in the meeting in Reno, Cloud Foundation Director Ginger Kathrens , used the opportunity to say hello to Secretary Baca and show her pictures of the Calico horses of northwestern Nevada.
Deputy Secretary Baca attended that meeting "and we were met with open hostility from her," states Kathrens.
"Sylvia Baca is just doing Secretary Salazar's bidding as far as I'm concerned and they are both bad for the wild horses and the environment," states American Herds blog writer Cindy MacDonald.
The Cloud Foundation asks the public to contact President Obama and call for the immediate resignation of both Salazar and Baca.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last June ... [cached]
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last June appointed Sylvia V. Baca to the post, which did not require Senate confirmation. The appointment follows eight years at BP. From her MMS bio:
Baca had been general manager for Social Investment Programs and Strategic Partnerships at BP America Inc. in Houston, and had held several senior management positions with the company since 2001, focusing on environmental initiatives, overseeing cooperative projects with private and public organizations, developing health, safety, and emergency response programs and working on climate change, biodiversity and sustainability objectives. As Director of Global Health, Safety, Environment & Emergency Response for BP Shipping Ltd. in London, Baca led a worldwide team to develop innovative and proactive energy and the environment initiatives. Among her accomplishments, she oversaw health, safety and environmental outcomes for an $8 billion ship building program, resulting in the youngest, greenest and most technically advanced fleet in the world. The project has received numerous awards for its safety and environmental advancements.
Baca is also an excellent example of the revolving door between government and industry that MMS has been accused of facilitating. From 1995 to 2001, she was an assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of Interior before leaving to work for the oil giant.
Last week, Salazar unveiled plans to split MMS into three agencies-one that will focus on energy development, another on enforcement and the third on revenue collection. But that doesn't necessarily stop the spinning door between the beleaguered agency and the oil industry.
UPDATE: Salazar spokesperson Kendra Barkoff issued a statement noting that Baca, under federal government ethics standards, "has been and is recused from participating personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which BP is or represents a party, for a period of two years following her appointment.
She also noted that Baca is not working on offshore drilling at the agency (her post deals with on-shore drilling).
"At least one reporter at MOJO believes that Sylvia V. Baca's appointment to MME doesn't do much to help its industry-friendly reputation."
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