SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A brand new U.S. authorities administration plan unveiled Friday clears the way in which for coal mining and oil and fuel drilling on land that was once off limits as a part of a sprawling nationwide monument in Utah earlier than President Donald Trump downsized the protected space two years in the past.
The plan launched by the Bureau of Land Administration would additionally open extra lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could possibly be “hostile results” on land and assets within the monument.
However whereas permitting extra actions, the plan would additionally add a number of safeguards for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches nonetheless inside Grand Staircase-Escalante Nationwide Monument that weren’t in a proposed plan issued final 12 months.
Amongst them are opening fewer acres to ATVs and cancelling a plan that might have allowed folks to gather some non-dinosaur fossils in sure areas.
The BLM says no land can be bought from the 1,345 sq. miles (3,488 sq….