Report: Drilling parcels too close to Utah parks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Salt Lake City (AP) - A report to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finds that many oil and gas parcels auctioned off in the final days of the Bush Administration were too close to Utah's National Parks and shouldn't have been sold.

Senior government officials say the report - expected to be released Thursday - found that 47 of the leases were close to wild areas or Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Salazar scrapped 77 leases within weeks of taking office but promised to review them.

The findings were described to the Associated Press by senior officials who asked not to be identified because they were speaking ahead of the report's release.

The officials say the remaining 30 leases that Salazar rescinded could go up for sale again because they are in or next to existing oil and gas fields.
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  • by Bill Location: Oklahoma City on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    What an idiot.. We do need to move from fossil fuels in the future. For the Federal Gov't to believe the country can flip over night is a dream. All the people need to take a hard look at all the products that are made from oil, wake up and realize how critical it is that we all be patient to see this transition through over a reasonable time. The actions the Federal Government has taken and the direction they are moving along in their haste is jeopardizing our National Security. Using the excuse of proximity to a Park is nothing more than political appeasement. We should all be careful and make sure they are as well.
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