National monument planning on a fast track
The BLM will hold four scoping meetings the week of March 26 to identify key issues and planning criteria for two environmental impact statements (EIS) for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, “but monument supporters say the BLM should holster its planning process until the courts resolve lawsuits seeking the monuments’ restoration… Culver and other critics fear Interior is rushing to get lands holding fossil-fuel deposits back under lease to private industry quickly, before the courts have a chance to revoke Trump’s action and put the minerals off limits again… Those deposits were reopened to mineral entry beginning Feb. 2, but BLM officials say they cannot be leased for development until a new management plan is in place for the 862,000 acres removed from the monument.”
So there is a planning process for lands removed from the GSE monument that were discussed here. A new plan might authorize the chaining project that would be prohibited by the current plan, but it seems premature for the BLM to be developing that project assuming the plan would be changed to allow it.
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