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Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

Article: 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

Article: 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…

Utah Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protested, Legal Deal Struck

Article: Utah Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protested, Legal Deal Struck

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – Today, in front of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Salt Lake City, more than 100 demonstrators braved the wind and cold hoping their protest could save some of Utah’s prime wilderness lands from destruction for oil and gas development. Inside, the BLM was auctioning…

U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

Article: U.S. Lawmakers Hot Over Polar Bear Decisions

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Key polar bear habitat should be held off limits to oil and gas drilling until federal wildlife officials have determined whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming said today.…