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Barrasso Blasts Interior Department Closures

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Wyoming’s US Senator John Barrasso blasted the Department of Interior during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting yesterday for the agency’s barricading and blocking of sites he said have no reason to be shuttered.  Calling the actions “deplorable,” Barrasso held up photos of Grand Teton National Park as examples of senseless closures of bike paths and scenic overlooks.  Barrasso showed them a barricaded viewing area, pointing out tha it had been closed even those there are no garbage cans, no restrooms that might require no staffing.  Barrasso remarked, “No money has been saved by doing this.  Does the Administration really think it’s necessary to keep the driver of the red car in this photo from safely pulling off the highway to take a picture of the Tetons? Maybe the Park Service could study how to drop a large curtain in front of the mountains to block the view from the road.”  Barrasso also pointed to the bike path north of Jackson that has been closed for no apparent reason  He told the committee the actions are embarrassing and must stop.  Barrasso promised, “If the Department of Interior is deliberately working against the interests of the public by closing and blocking sites that have no reason to be shuttered, they will be held accountable.”

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