Bears Ears National Monument in Utah boasts stretches of
red-and-yellow sandstone so brilliant they appear to be ablaze and rock
structures so precarious they appear to defy gravity.
rugged terrain south of the Colorado River also has reserves of oil and
natural gas that are currently off limits to new leasing --
restrictions that may end as the Trump administration reviews 27
large-scale monuments his predecessors set aside for protection.
groups and Republican lawmakers have praised President Donald Trump’s
order to review those monument designations, calling it a welcome
reconsideration of federal overreach. Yet, environmental groups are
concerned Trump will scrap or scale back those designations, and the net
result will be a boost to the fortunes of oil drillers and mining
"Oil and gas is definitely a factor -- particularly given
that with Trump it’s been something he’s talked about consistently,"
said Tim Donaghy, a research specialist with Greenpeace. "They’re going
to try to knock down as many barriers as possible to expanded oil and