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USBLM to be probed for identifying potential O&G lease areas within Grand Staircase-Escalante NMon

Washington • The Government Accountability Office is investigating whether the Bureau of Land Management broke the law by identifying tracts of land for possible oil and gas drilling inside the original Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The GAO confirmed Tuesday that it has accepted a request by top Democrats in the House and Senate appropriations committees to issue a legal opinion on whether the BLM violated the law by acting contrary to Congress’ explicit direction.

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