Acting BLM Chief Recused From Grand Staircase Monument Suit (1)

Sept. 23, 2019, 7:58 PM; Updated: Sept. 23, 2019, 8:15 PM

Acting Bureau of Land Management chief William Perry Pendley has recused himself from litigation involving Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, court documents show.

Pendley, a BLM deputy director who was given the authority of the BLM director in July, previously advocated for abolishing Grand Staircase and the neighboring Bears Ears national monuments, both managed by the BLM in southern Utah.

President Donald Trump cut the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante by more than 800,000 acres in 2017, and environmental groups sued in federal court, aiming to reinstate the monument’s original boundary, which was established in 1996 when President Bill Clinton created ...

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