Posted on September 10, 2021 by Sarah Winter Whelan
The Healthy Ocean Coalition is proud to be one of over fifty organizations calling on President Biden to restore national monument protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments.
Over 200 days ago, President Biden signed Executive Order 13990, which directed a review of the Trump Administration’s unprecedented and illegal rollbacks of national monument protections. By all accounts, Secretary Haaland completed the review over two months ago and transmitted recommendations to the White House that include fully restoring protections.
Every day that passes, the threat of irreversible damage to these special places increases. For Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in particular, the threats from oil and gas leasing and toxic uranium mining have been heightened in recent days with troubling steps that the Administration has taken to both incentivize uranium mining and resume oil and gas leasing on public lands.
In addition, this week marks the 5th Anniversary of the Northeast Canyon and Seamounts Marine National Monument. What would be a better present than for President Biden to do the right thing and restore its protections now.
These two letters call for restored protections to the national monuments, both terrestrial and marine, gutted by President Trump