Mining Monuments/Mining Asteroids

Guests: Fran Hunt Director, Bureau of Land Management Program The Wilderness Society Washington, DC Don Banks Director of External Affairs Utah State Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake City, Utah Jim Benson Founder and Chairman SpaceDev Steamboat Springs, Colorado Ray Williamson Senior Research Scientist Space Policy Institute George Washington University Washington, DC This week, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it will allow exploratory oil drilling in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This comes just a year after President Clinton established the monument to protect the area from development. Join Ira Flatow in this hour of Science Friday for a look at the decision and its implications. Plus, a private company's plan to put a spacecraft on an asteroid and sell the science and resources they find there.

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