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Zion Leases Pulled

Zion Leases Pulled
June 05
14:17 2017

After a firestorm of protest, the Bureau of Land Management has canceled a scheduled oil and gas lease auction of three parcels near Zion National Park.

Three tracts comprising nearly 5,000 acres have been pulled off the auction block.

Utah’s BLM Director Ed Roberson said in a statement, “Based on the environmental review and recognizing the rapid growth of recreational visits, the BLM believes that deferring these parcels for further review is the right decision.”

While generally in favor of development, Governor Gary Herbert asked for the withdrawal, saying, “Protect these parcels and do not open them for leasing.”

Two of the proposed lease sites straddle Kolob Terrace Road on the park’s western boundary.

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