WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for a review of Antiquities Act designations – including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.
“Unilaterally locking up millions of acres of land for political gain was not the original intent of the Antiquities Act. Imposing such designations without any kind of local support from those who will bear the burden is an abuse of power. I strongly support President Trump’s order to review the gross misuse of such an outdated law. The American people – especially Utahns – deserve better than to have their livelihoods turned upside down with the stroke of a pen.”
In December 2016, President Obama designated 1.35 million acres in San Juan County, Utah as Bears Ears National Monument.
The Utah Congressional Delegation requested multiple meetings with President Obama personally to discuss their alternative to a monument, but those requests were ignored. You can view their requests here, Letter from Utah delegation and here Utah Delegation Letter