Zinke lets Grand Canyon monument alone
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spared another national monument, continuing his method of announcing decisions one by one as he reviews about two dozen sites across the country.
In a statement, Mr. Zinke said he’ll recommend that no changes be made to the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, which was created in 2000 by then-President George W. Bush. It’s the fifth monument the secretary has said should not be altered in any way.
“The land has some of the most pristine and undeformed geological formations in North America, which show the scientific history of our earth while containing thousands of years of human relics and fossils,” he said in a statement.
President Trump commissioned the
monument study in April. Critics have contended that past presidents, especially former President Obama, abused executive power by using the designation to shield massive swaths of land from energy exploration and other activities.