Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 13, 2018

Interior Oil and Gas Sale of Bears Ears Area Land on March 20, 2018

(Above) Maps, documents, parcels for oil and gas lease sale on March 20, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke posted this photo of himself when he toured Bears Ears on May 11, 2017. Now, Interior e-mails reveal the land seized from Bears Ears was for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. Sports hunters made contact with Zinke by way of hunting with Donald Trump, Jr., in Utah.

Interior halts oil and gas sale at gateway to Yellowstone -- but still plans sale around Bears Ears boundary on March 20, 2018 unless it is halted
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Interior Department has halted an oil and gas sale at the gateway to Yellowstone, after an outcry, but still plans to sell leases for oil and gas around Bears Ears in southeastern Utah on March 20.
The land includes pristine areas along the Green River, San Juan River and Moab.
"U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Monday he has postponed a second federal oil and gas lease sale planned for March in less than a week in response to local opposition to the possibility of drilling near national parks and monuments," Reuters reports.

"Zinke said the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove 17,300 acres out of the planned March 13 sale of 63,496 acres of federal land for oil and gas leases near the tourist city of Livingston, Montana, which is a gateway to the Yellowstone National Park."
"In southeastern Utah, local environmental and archaeological groups have protested a March 20 auction of around 57,000 acres near the former boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument - reduced by 85 percent last year by President Donald Trump - that is known to contain significant cultural sites." This sale is still scheduled.

More details about the March 20, 2018 lease sale near Bears Ears boundaries -- areas of Moab, Green River, San Juan River, Utah:

Interior documents -- "No significant impact" with maps, data, parcels for oil and gas sale on March 20, 2018:

Anasazi Site Toured by Zinke in Bears Ears area Targeted for Exploitation and Desecration 

The New York Times has gained access to 20,000 e-mails of the Interior, revealing that Bears Ears land was seized for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. The head of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife had a private dinner with Zinke in Utah, after going hunting with Donald Trump, Jr. Below is a photo posted by the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. Read more at Censored News about the exploitation of Bears Ears:

Read more: Zinke says Interior should partner with oil companies

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