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Conoco Will Drill At National Monument

Conoco has won permission to begin drilling for oil Tuesday in the nation’s newest national monument, a step that has drawn phone calls and letters of protest from environmentalists.

The oil unit of DuPont Co. this week received a permit signifying final permission to drill an exploratory well on a section of state land atop Kaiparowits Plateau in the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Conoco said work won’t likely start for a couple of months, despite approval from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining to begin next week.