Congress is set to vote on a Department of the Interior funding bill amendment that would block the agency from carrying out its duty to properly manage and protect priceless cultural and natural resources within the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona.
The bill, (H.R.6410) sponsored by 62 members of Congress, would ensure permanent congressional protections for 51 national monuments established under the Antiquities Act from January 1996 to April 201
The company claims that “surface exploration work will start this summer on the Colt Mesa property and drill permitting will be initiated shortly.” However, these lands are part of a national monument and legally closed to mining.
A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.
In a late Friday afternoon announcement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced his plans to recommend no changes to Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in a final report due to President Trump later this month.