Orrin Hatch. Awkward? One View in PR Spin. Another in Official Court Filings.

Spin ORRIN HATCH: “…some on the Left and in the media have attempted to portray supporters of this [monument reduction] as greedy energy tycoons…”

COURT FILING: “The most obvious economic harm caused by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the impact from its prohibition on mining. The land on which the Monument sits contains Utah’s largest source of coal — 62 billion tons worth, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.”

(Thanks to Grand Canyon Trust blog)

(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.)

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