In response to news reports that the Interior Department’s energy lease sale today drew little oil industry interest, Chase Huntley, senior director of The Wilderness Society’s energy program said:
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The bill would open America’s 110 million acres of wilderness areas to mountain bikes, an unprecedented assault on wilderness nationwide.
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A year before effectively eliminating Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, then President-elect Trump claimed his administration would honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and “conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation including protecting lands.”
Some members of Congress have joined in, proposing legislation to support these attacks on public lands.
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended significantly altering national monuments including Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and Gold Butte in Nevada.
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The program appears to be an effort to preempt the need for a strong methane rule from the federal government, including the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.