As Newt Gingrich once said: Drill – Baby – Drill!
from the Daily Caller:
Trump Expands Drilling In Utah Two Years After POTUS Cut The Size Of Bears Ears National Park
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The Department of Interior finalized a rule Thursday expanding drilling rights in Utah two years after President Donald Trump reduced the size of a pair of national monuments in the area.
Trump cut the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in 2017, which created a firestorm of criticism from activists who said the president’s decision hurt Native American communities.
Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase contain vast amounts of oil, gas and coal, as well as grazing land local ranchers hope to use for cattle.
The areas excluded from monuments are protected by federal environmental laws, acting DOI assistant secretary Casey Hammond said in a statement.
“With these decisions we are advancing our goal to restore trust and be a good neighbor,” he said Thursday.