Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument

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On March 1, Montana-based Western Values Project released a detailed report of Utah Representative Mike Noel’s undisclosed land holdings and possible conflicts of interest over a Lake Powell water pipeline and new boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. On Friday, March 9th, Noel resigned. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel resigned - about the report and the group’s request for both a state and Federal investigation.

Left: Undisclosed Noel Properties, LLC. (white square) inside GSENM boundary (source: BLM and WVP report). Right: Undisclosed Noel Properties, LLC. (red square) outside new GSNM boundary (source BLM).
Credit courtesy Western Values Project