Trump plan to allow helium mine in what is now Utah's Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness met with lawsuit

An aggressive move late in the Trump administration's tenure in Washington to open a wilderness area upstream of Canyonlands National Park in Utah to a company that wants to extract helium has drawn a legal challenge.

The Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness, which encompasses nearly 55,000 acres of towering spires and colorful sandstone walls along the Green River in southeastern Utah, was created by the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act back in 2019. However, two weeks before that act became law, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a lease to Twin Bridges Resources, LLC, to seek helium within the area.

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