President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments designated by former presidents over the past two decades. Clearly in the cross-hairs is the Bear’s Ears National Monument, created by President Obama in December of 2016. That monument was widely opposed by Utah politicians and they are asking President Trump to rescind the designation or shrink the monument size.
With Donald Trump as president, the Dakota Access Pipeline will get a permit. While North Dakotans welcome the news, the tribe fighting the project promises a legal challenge, and protesters remain defiant in opposition.
The federal government has temporarily halted coal leasing on public lands while it reviews its coal program. Forty percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from publicly-owned minerals beneath federal land, mostly in Wyoming. The government review will address whether taxpayers are getting a fair return on that coal, as well as how to square the coal program with the country’s new climate goals.
The greater sage grouse is not heading to the Endangered Species List, for now. US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the long-awaited announcement Tuesday in Colorado, flanked by four state governors.
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