Bears ears and GSENM are getting opened up to mineral extraction. No one saw this coming...
Despite the fact that no one really wants the resources because of how low the profits are compared to extraction the administration has finalized plans on shrinking these monuments so that grazing is reduced, native tribes are affected and access restricted so that extraction plots can be leased off.
This is my favorite part
“A coalition of groups sued the administration immediately after President Trump announced the new boundaries. They argue that the act does not give a president the authority to revoke their predecessors’ national monument designations.
The Justice Department last year sought to have the two lawsuits dismissed, but a federal judge denied the motions.
Several plaintiffs roundly criticized the administration for moving forward with management plans while the cases were still in court. But Hammond said Thursday that the Interior Department would not delay its decision to match a slow-moving legal process.
“If we stopped and waited for every piece of litigation to be resolved, we would never be able to do much of anything around here,” he said.”
Said the same people that said that using the legal system was the appropriate path for compelling subpoenas.
So it will be “official” on the maps, but the fight isn’t over.
Here are the changes that will take place.
In bears ears the indian creek falls area is a culturally sensitive area with rich natural gas deposits and uranium speculation. (things we don’t need more of). Dark canyon (lede pic) is also culturally rich as well as natural gas speculative s well as being important grazing areas.
Cedar mesa and grand gulch are epic and deserve protections.
Here are a few pictures from the area.
All the pictured areas are no longer protected.
Here are a few from GSENM
Most of these images were taking in old boundaries. Most of the boundary cutouts are for coal that literally no one wants because its of poor quality and too cheap to make a profit on.