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National Monuments Lawsuit

Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Sep 7, 2000.

  1. mudfanatic

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    From: Donald C. Amador, 112531,1311
    TO: "Amador", INTERNET:brdon_a@sharetrails.org
    DATE: 9/2/00 4:58 PM

    RE: Copy of: 9/1 - Denver Post Article on MSLF/BRC "Monument" Suit

    Dear M/U Interests,

    I thought you might like to see this Denver Post article on the Monument
    suit... quotes from Pendley and Amador.


    http://www.denverpost.com/news/news0901p.htm

    DENVER POST
    Lawsuit targets new national monuments
    By Mike Soraghan
    Denver Post Washington Bureau

    Sept. 1, 2000 - WASHINGTON - A Denver-based conservative group has gone to
    court to upend President Clinton's "lands legacy," asking a judge to set
    aside his actions creating national monuments across the West.

    "Clinton has thumbed his nose at the West, at the Constitution and at
    Congress, saying essentially, "Stop me if you can,' " said William Perry
    Pendley of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. The lawsuit, Pendley said,
    is his response.

    Pendley and his group have filed suit in federal court in Washington, D.C.,
    seeking to overturn Clinton's June designation of monuments in four states,
    including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Mesa Verde in
    southwestern Colorado, 164,000 acres of desert canyons rich in American
    Indian artifacts.

    On the same day he created the Colorado monument, he designated sites in
    Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. Clinton said the lands, already
    federally owned, were threatened by development and vandalism. Western
    Republicans in Congress accused him of "locking up" land without asking the
    opinions of local residents.

    Restrictions on land uses vary from monument to monument, but new mining
    and oil and gas drilling are generally banned.

    The new monuments brought to more than 3 million the number of acres
    protected by Clinton in his drive to create a lands legacy.

    He has protected more land as national monuments in the lower 48 states
    than any president.

    And Clinton's interior secretary, Bruce Babbitt, has declined to close the
    door on a proposal by environmental groups to create a 280,000-acre
    Vermillion National Monument in northwestern Colorado near Dinosaur
    National Monument. That proposal has many local officials alarmed.

    Other public land protections, like creating a national park, require
    congressional approval, but presidents can designate monuments on their own
    under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The lawsuit says that Clinton has abused
    that authority.

    "The law was meant for the place where they drove the golden spike in the
    railroad or a historic post office, not setting aside millions of acres of
    lands," said Don Amador, who handles Western lands issues for the other
    group bringing the lawsuit, the Blue Ribbon Coalition.

    Calls seeking comment from the White House and the Department of the
    Interior were not returned.

    The lawsuit is the second time that the Mountain States Legal Foundation
    has sued over Clinton's national monuments. In 1996, the foundation filed
    suit over his creation of the 1.7-million-acre Escalante-Grand Staircase
    National Monument in southern Utah. The case is pending in federal court in
    Utah.

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