Park Service Objects To Oil Lease As Spoiling Canyonlands View

Salt Lake City (AP) The National Park Service is objecting to plans for oil and gas drilling in eastern Utah, saying the rigs would spoil the expansive, lonely view from Canyonlands National Park. The park service filed objections with the Bureau of Land Management, which plans to hold a leasing auction this month.

The B.L.M. plans to lease two parcels just outside the 527 square mile park. The canyonlands park superintendent objects. He says rigs would mar a landscape of towering buttes and mesa tops set against the 12,000 foot La Sal Mountains.

The bureau dropped two other nearby parcels over park service objections, and B.L.M. officials say they'll reconsider objections a week before the August 16 auction. B.L.M. officials have pulled parcels before based on their proximity to national parks or monuments.

Last December, the agency dropped plans to lease lands within view of Hovenweep National Monument on the Utah–Colorado border.

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