American Mining Group Lauds Gov. Herbert Sage Grouse Litigation

For Immediate Release February 4, 2016

American Mining Group Lauds Gov. Herbert Sage Grouse Litigation

Utah is Right to Oppose BLM Epic Land Grab 

 

 The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) today lauds Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to sue the federal government over the deeply flawed Land Use Plan Amendments (LUPA) and the recommended mineral withdrawals.

“Gov. Herbert’s choice to put best available science and state solutions above a politically driven federal land grab is welcome. Sadly, the BLM set this unfortunate course to litigation long ago by its arbitrary dismissal of the state’s efforts.” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director.

Gov. Herbert’s announcement highlights the deep impacts of the LUPAs and mineral withdrawals on public access and economic well-being for the rural communities who count on these lands the most.

Skaer added “We believe this is only the beginning of many long legal challenges over a poorly executed and unnecessary land use planning process. We are encouraged by Gov. Herbert’s willingness to defend the constituent developed state plan that at one time received a concurrence letter from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Agency and was a co-preferred alternative. We wish Gov. Herbert much success in this important battle for Utah and the west.”

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Downloadable PDF available here: AEMA Lauds Utah’s Gov. Herbert