Public records reveal additional details about top political appointee Timothy Williams' meeting with his former employer, the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity.
The San Juan County commission voted two-to-one in favor of a resolution that rescinds the county's previous opposition to the monument and condemns its reduction by Donald Trump.
The bill would restore the areas excised from the monument by Trump, and add additional acreage.
Advocacy groups say that's an unprecedented show of public interest.
But to those awaiting the outcome of legal challenges to the president's reductions, the planning seems premature.
Many native peoples have land-based religions, and the Trump administration's moves to open sacred areas to resource exploitation threatens the free practice of their faith.
A judge says the administration doesn't have to turn over legal documents for which an environmental law firm had sued.
Documents accidentally shared by the Department of the Interior reveal the prioritization of energy, ranching, and logging in the monuments review.
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Given the connections to the oil and gas industry within the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior, rollbacks to environmental protections should come as no surprise.
Trump's decision to roll back Utah's national monument protections is as much a threat to tribal sovereignty as it is to the environment.
The decision is sure to face legal challenges from conservation groups and Native American tribes.
After recommending that Bears Ears National Monument be reduced in size, one thing is clear: Ryan Zinke is nothing like Teddy Roosevelt.