Trump administration finalizes plans to allow mining, drilling in Utah national park land

Trump administration finalizes plans to allow mining, drilling in Utah national park land

The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized.

The plans ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits by conservation, tribal and paleontology groups challenging the constitutionality of the president’s action.

The move comes despite pending lawsuits from conservation, tribal and paleontology groups, who have challenged the constitutionality of the president’s action. The Trump administration slashed the size of Bears Ears national monument by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument by nearly half in December 2017, in what represented the largest elimination of public lands protections in US history, The Guardian reports.

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