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

Mar 13, 2018

 


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 announced his retirement. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel's announcement - about the report and the group’s request for a Federal investigation.

 

*The original headline stated Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. KDNK found out that Noel had, instead, announced his retirement on Friday, March 9.

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