Earlier this month Donald Trump announced reducing Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85% would be a great move for Americans. But it's a Canadian based special interest that benefits far more, namely Energy Fuels Resources, a U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian mining company that lobbied for the change in the hopes of gaining access to uranium on the public land. Trump’s incoming EPA deputy secretary led their lobbying team.
A campaign by Energy Fuels Resources urged the Trump administration to dramatically reduce Bears Ears. The company reached out just months before Trump announced he was slashing the 1.35 million acre site down to 202,000 acres.
President Donald Trump will fly to Utah on Monday to announce he’ll shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments sources familiar with the trip confirmed.
The White House said last month the president would travel to Utah to make an announcement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to change the monuments. President Trump ordered a review of all national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act going back to 1996, a time period that included President Bill Clinton’s naming of the Grand Staircase-Escalante.
President Barack Obama moved yesterday to preserve the Bears Ears area in southwest Utah, designating 1.35 million acres of the American West a national monument. In a statement, Obama said that the Bears Ears monument––named for its distinctive pair of buttes––would "protect some of the country's most significant natural, cultural and archaeological resources, including important ancestral grounds for numerous tribes."
"Today's actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes," Obama continued.