Natural Resources

Trump administration to allow energy development in Utah former national monument
House Natural Resources chairman calls the move ‘a shameless giveaway campaign’

Sandstone formations are seen in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument outside Escalante, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images file photo)

The Bureau of Land Management acknowledged Friday it plans to open a large portion of land in Utah — which the federal government until recently considered a national monument — to future oil, gas and mining projects.

At the urging of local and state officials as well as industry groups, President Donald Trump in 2017 shrank the size of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to 1 million acres from the 1.9 million acres it was when President Bill Clinton established it.

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Updated bill could be ready soon, but timing still uncertain

   

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

With Congress out, HOH pays tribute this week to the always unflappable Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the only member yet to tweet a single character , who shows off his favorite graphs, touts his Big Mac-eating skills and can't wait for the next Cubs game to air.