B.L.M Drops Some Oil And Gas Development Over Park Service Objections

Salt Lake City (AP) The Bureau of Land Management is dropping plans for oil and gas drilling just outside the border of Canyonlands National Park. The parcels were pulled Tuesday with the objection of the National Park Service, which says rigs would mar the landscape from views inside the 527–square–mile park.

B.L.M. Spokesman Don Banks says the bureau is taking a look at reducing the historic impact of oil and gas development around the park in eastern Utah. The bureau takes recommendations from oil–and–gas players when it nominates tracts for leasing, but often drops parcels for environmental reasons.

Up for auction next Tuesday will be more than 118,000 acres
throughout Utah spread over 83 tracts of land.

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