Drilling in Bears Ears? It’s time to raise our #Utahlocal voices on public lands!

Remind Secretary Zinke and Trump what the majority of #Utahlocal voices have to say

Recently, the Salt Lake Tribune reported oil and gas industry leaders have renewed their hope to access hydrocarbon deposits under parts of the Bears Ears region following the recommendation by Interior Secretary Zinke to “right-size” Bears Ears by narrowing its boundaries.

The issue of extraction has been largely downplayed by Utah officials during the national monument review period, but records by the Center for Biological Diversity indicate that since 2013, energy companies have unsuccessfully asked the BLM to lease more than 100,000 acres for oil and gas development within or near public lands that became the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) within the overlapping “San Juan County Energy Zone”. In addition, the BENM overlaps with two exploratory oil and gas fields on the north end of the Monument and just across the Colorado river from Canyonlands National Monument that can be expanded to new leases if the Monument boundaries are reduced.

Although Interior Secretary Zinke has already issued his report on Bears Ears, it is widely believed President Trump is unlikely to act until late August when the larger monument review process ends. That means there is still time to act to support the protection of Bears Ears!

What about Grand Staircase? It is equally under threat of up to 75% reduction by executive order. Keep the pressure on by joining our #Utahlocal social media campaign TODAY.


Raise your #Utahlocal voice every day through July 10th to ensure the dialogue on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase continues. Here are three great ways to speak up.

  • Write a comment to the Department of the Interior in support of keeping the Bears Ears boundaries just the way they are. Already did it? You can do it again now that the comment period was extended to July 10th. Did that too? Then write a comment in support of keeping Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in tact with the original boundaries. BE SURE TO STATE YOU ARE FROM UTAH. Make your comments here.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about why preserving the original boundaries of Bears Ears and/or Grand Staircase is important to Utah, to our economy, to our air quality, to our legacy, to your business or to your family. Use our TIPS on how to write an effective letter to the editor.
  • Join the #Utahlocal social media campaign by speaking up and sharing articles and clips EVERY DAY THROUGH JULY 10TH on Facebook and/or Twitter. Use hashtags #BearsEars, #GrandStaircase, #BENM, #GSENM, #StandWithBearsEars or #StandWithGrandStaircase, plus #MonumentsForAll and #MyMonuments, and tag @SecretaryRyanZinke on Facebook and @SecretaryZinke on Twitter. Make sure to mention you are a #Utahlocal to remind Zinke and Trump that a majority of Utahns want to keep our monuments just the way they are. Then search for the #Utahlocal hashtag and SHARE OTHER PEOPLE’S POSTSStart today!

Articles and clips to share — one a day through July 10th!

  1. Salt Lake Tribune:  “Oil and gas industry will pounce if Bears Ears shrinks
  2. Salt Lake Tribune Op Ed: “State politicians may not support our newest monument but real Utahns do
  3. Video clip of Navajo Nation Council Delegate Davis Filfred asking Interior Secretary Zinke and President Trump to uphold Bears Ears National Monument, comparing sacred sites in Bears Ears to holy sites spared from bombing attacks by the US military in places around the world. Filfred served in the US Marine Corps. Share on Facebook or Twitter.
  4. The Atlantic: “Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?” – How rescinding the Monument would be the latest in a history of examples of the federal government setting aside lands in conjunction with Tribes only to break the agreement.
  5. The Hill: “Trump’s attack on national monuments reflects disregard for America’s diversity” –  How with his April 26 executive order, President Trump showed extreme contempt for both U.S. public lands and the cultures, histories and experiences they embody.
  6. The Revelator: “The Roots of the Antiquities Act? They’re in Bears Ears
  7. Deseret News Op Ed: “The fossils from Grand Staircase-Escalante would have made Utah world-renowned
  8. Video clip of Shaun Chapoose of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee addresses the Executive Order to review national monuments and Secretary Ryan Zinke‘s statement that “sovereignty should mean something.” Share on Facebook or Twitter.
  9. Salt Lake Tribune Op Ed: “Young leaders see value in preserving public lands
  10. Salt Lake Tribune Letter: “Zinke should make no changes to Grand Staircase-Escalante
  11. Huffpost Op Ed: “Veterans Fought For Our Monuments, Urge Trump and Zinke to Not Undermine Them
  12. Indian Country Today: “Zinke Says Tribes Are ‘Happy’ to Have Bears Ears Modifications; Tribes Disagree
  13. The Hill Op Ed: “Channeling Teddy Roosevelt: How Trump and Interior’s Ryan Zinke can protect public lands

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