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Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

By PAUL FOY – February 4 2009 – SALT LAKE CITY In a high-profile reversal of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday the government is scrapping the lease of 77 parcels of federal land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s redrock country. “In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration…

Bush-Era Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks Canceled

Bush-Era Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks Canceled

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – Sales of oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of land near national parks and monuments in Utah were halted today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The parcels were auctioned by the Bureau of Land Management in December 2008. “I have directed the BLM not to…

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – At least 110,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness is temporarily protected from oil and gas companies due to a ruling Saturday night by a federal judge in a case brought by conservationists. Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary…

Redford, Conservationists Seek Injunction to Stop Utah Lease Sales

Redford, Conservationists Seek Injunction to Stop Utah Lease Sales

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Today, Robert Redford joined members of Congress and a coalition of environmental, preservation and business groups in an effort to stop the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning Utah wilderness to oil and gas companies. At a news conference, the environmental and preservation groups led by Natural Resources…