FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 13, 2017
National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals
Last Minute Land Grab in OR & MN Kills Jobs and Harms Public Education
This week, the Obama administration has undertaken more land withdrawals in the waning hours of its administration. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will add 42,000 acres of public land in Oregon and 5,000 acres in California.
The Administration also published a withdrawal action removing 230,000 acres of federal land in northeast Minnesota. This action does not provide additional environmental protection for the area as mining is already prohibited within the boundaries and surrounding federal buffer zones of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park. The waters of the region are already protected by strict state and federal environmental standards. This action robs Minnesota schools from billions of potential dollars in much needed funding to public schools.
“These actions are not only disappointing but a desperate last minute action taken without Congress or citizen input at a huge cost to American manufacturing and local economic activity,” said Matthew Ellsworth, AEMA Governmental Affairs. “The members of Congress from both parties who have publically opposed this specific action need to do the right thing and reverse these actions of a single president.”
President Obama has used his powers under the Antiquities Act to protect more lands and waters than any other president without the consent of Congress or the states most affected. AEMA is working with members of Congress and the new administration aggressively to overturn these, and other land actions of the Obama administration.
Downloadable PDF: 1 13 2017 AEMA OR & MN WDRAWAL