BLM Backpedals on Proposed Oil & Gas Development Near Utah National Parks


From the Salt Lake Tribune:

"In the face of intense opposition from the National Park Service, members of Congress and a top official from President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management backed down Tuesday from its plan to sell oil and gas leases near national parks and wilderness-quality areas in Utah on Dec. 19."

It's good to know that the BLM can admit when they've made a serious blunder. But, people who care about Utah's wild places should keep an eye on this one. None of these lands are truly safe until Congress withdraws them from future leasing.

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