• FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee hearing on the Animas River Spill in Colorado. U.S. officials are blocking new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park. Jewell was scheduled to be in Montana on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, to announce that mining claims on 30,000 acres will be prohibited for two years while a long-term ban is considered. Details were obtained by The Associated Press in advance of Monday’s formal announcement by Jewell. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee hearing on the Animas River Spill in Colorado. U.S. officials are blocking new ... mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park. Jewell was scheduled to be in Montana on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, to announce that mining claims on 30,000 acres will be prohibited for two years while a long-term ban is considered. Details were obtained by The Associated Press in advance of Monday’s formal announcement by Jewell. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In This Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a herd of bison appears in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley in Montana. U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. Mining claims on 30,000 acres north of the nation's first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

    FILE - In This Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a herd of bison appears in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley in Montana. U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last ... days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. Mining claims on 30,000 acres north of the nation's first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) (The Associated Press)

APNewsBreak: US moves to block mining near Yellowstone

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U.S. officials are blocking new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of natural areas.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was scheduled to be in Montana on Monday to announce that mining claims on 30,000 acres will be prohibited for two years while a long-term ban is considered.

The Associated Press obtained details of the move in advance.

Two gold exploration projects are proposed in the Yellowstone area. Monday's action does not explicitly block those projects, but officials say it could make large-scale mining more difficult.

Interior officials last week blocked new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and cancelled 25 oil and gas leases in western Colorado and 15 in northwestern Montana.