BREAKING: Interior Department Delays Bears Ears Decision, Greenpeace Response

by Cassady Craighill

Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Manageme

June 12, 2017

Washington, DC- In response to the Interior Department’s decision to delay the recommendation for the status of Bears Ears, Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Mary Nicol said,

“The decision to delay the recommendation regarding Bears Ears’ status as a national monument proves that the voices of everyday people in this country can be louder than the voices of oil and gas executives. Despite Secretary Zinke’s best efforts to exclusively meet with the fossil fuel industry, he could not hide from indigenous leaders and millions of people around the country who want to see places like Bears Ears protected for generations to come.

The Trump administration wants to carve up every last inch of this country so that corporate polluters can line their pockets, but the people who live, worship, work, and rely on the protection of public lands and waters will stand up to this attack. The Interior Department is still reviewing nearly 30 monuments, including Bears Ears, that could lose their protected status. It’s time to put Secretary Zinke on speed dial and demand that the Interior Department protect public lands and waters.”

Contact:
Cassady Craighill, 828-817-3328, ccraighill@greenpeace.org

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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