GOV HERBERT: “Mineral resources beneath Bears Ears are scarce. There is no developable oil and gas… The integrity of the Bears Ears landscape, long kept intact before the creation of the monument will almost certainly remain intact after Trump’s announcement.”
COURT FILING: “The area in and around Bears Ears is rich in oil, gas, coal, and uranium deposits.”
GOV HERBERT: "This idea that somehow there will be some wholesale development" in the reduced monuments is a myth. There is a lot of scaremongering."
COURT FILING: “[San Juan] county is enjoying the economic and cultural benefits of increased access to federally controlled land for productive uses such as mining, logging, and livestock grazing…”
So, which is the truth Utah GOP leaders? Is it what you spin or what you say in court?
(Filing motions to intervene in lawsuits filed by the tribes and the Grand Canyon Trust challenging the legality of President Trump’s unprecedented action to gut Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, three southern Utah counties — Kane, Garfield, and San Juan — revealed their real motivations for supporting attacks on Utah’s monuments. The counties are represented by the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a law firm that bills itself as fighting for “individual liberty, property rights, limited government and the free enterprise system.” By seeking to intervene in the lawsuits, the counties want to back up the president’s monument cuts.)
Thanks to Grand Canyon Trust blog.