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Environmentalists ‘Expecting the Worst’ in Monument Plan (3)

Aug. 22, 2019, 5:38 PMUpdated: Aug. 22, 2019, 7:53 PM

A proposal for allowing coal mining and oil and gas development on land removed from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is scheduled to be published Aug. 23.

“Frankly, we’re expecting the worst,” said Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

The Bureau of Land Management, which manages the monument, a year ago issued a draft plan for the area removed from the monument by President Donald Trump, calling for more than 800,000 acres to be opened up to mining and oil and gas drilling.

The proposal to be published Aug. 23 wasn’t included...

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