Dec 13, 2012
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There have been several comments from the Sagebrush Rebellion people lately stating that the creation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument blocked the extraction of 2 million tons of coal from the Kapirowitz Plateau area.
When I was working as a geologist for the USGS, an acquaintance at the Bureau of Mines was involved in studying the coal removal plan, and this person told me that all of the coal to be extracted was to be shipped overseas (none for domestic use) and that the Bureau of Mines would not issue a permit because it was so environmentally destructive.
So even if the monument had never been granted, a permit to mine would probably never have been issued.
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