Zinke lets Grand Canyon mon­u­ment alone

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolf­gang

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.

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