National Monument to be Reduced in Size for Mining

Posted on December 19, 2018 by


Grand Staircase Escalante, a protected sacred monument, is being reduced in size to be mined despite national outcry.

The Trump administration is cutting the Grand Staircase Escalante nearly in half. This new proposition will open new oil and gas leasing opportunities in protected lands, reduce drilling regulations, and dissolve habitat-protected shelter for endangered species.

The Grand Staircase Escalante isn’t the only national monument that is being reduced in size; the Bear Ears monument has been reduced to 16%.

“A protest at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, was held on Saturday, December 2nd. It was organized by 15 organizations and led by representatives from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a group of five Native American tribes that lobbied for the creation of the Bears Ears monument,” National Geographic said.

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