Congressman Jim Matheson issued the following statement in response to a decision by the Secretary of Interior to withdraw public lands in Northern Arizona from new mining claims:
"Once again, Secretary Salazar has mandated an "all-or-nothing' approach, handed down in a way that interferes with a stakeholder-driven process. By his own admission, "numerous cooperating agencies, tribes, counties and stakeholders were fully engaged in this process' and yet one Washington, D.C. individual decides the policy.
In Utah, we know all too well that, as a result, the battle over this particular public lands issue will not end. I continue to be dismayed and disappointed by this Administration's actions and I will continue to review the environmental information and assess what action I should take in response to the Secretary's decision."