The Trump administration is continuing to their ramp-up of offering up public lands to the oil and gas industry for fossil fuel extraction. The newest offering is 150,000 acres of public lands near several national parks in Utah. The land that will be auctioned off is near Canyonlands and Arches national parks, Bears Ears, Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep national monuments, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Some of the included lands are within 10 miles of internationally known protected areas. The land will be used for natural gas extraction, aka fracking. Citizens of Utah and environmental groups gathered in the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday to protest the decision.
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