Heidi McIntosh. Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: "We knew that this was driven largely by politics but when you see the documents, when you see that Sen. Hatch drew the boundaries reportedly to void all conflicts with mineral extraction, it really puts a fine point on it."
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Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: “The most important immediate change is that the lands will once again be available for mining prospectors to get out on federal public lands and stake mining claims.”
Michael Freeman, Attorney, Earthjustice: “What the Trump administration has done here is to abdicate its responsibility to protect public lands from the very real risks posed by modern fracking. It’s completely arbitrary. Instead, it simply amounts to a favor for Trump’s friends in the oil and gas industry.”