Associated Press Writer Paul Foy, Associated Press Writer – Wed Feb 4, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY – In a high-profile reversal of the 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., Interior Secretary
“In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration rushed ahead to sellnear some of our nation’s most precious landscapes in Utah,” Salazar said from Washington in a teleconference call with reporters.
At first, the BLM was going to auction a parcel so close to Moab, drills might have been visible through the center of the 33-foot-wide span. That parcel was 1.3 miles away. It was taken off the auction list under Park Service protest, but the BLM took bids on other drilling parcels within view of Arches, Canyonlands and Dinosaur parks., the signature landmark at Arches park near
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