Federal team finding some energy leases in Utah OK
July 28, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY – The federal team reviewing Utah energy leases auctioned last year by the Bush administration has spent nine long days on the ground looking at the parcels in 100-plus degree temperatures.
The supervisor of Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, Mark Stiles, heads the 12-member review panel, which ended its tour last week of oil and gas drilling leases that the new administration scrapped for review in February.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has said many of the parcels were too close to wild areas in Utah or national parks.
Stiles says his team found that some drilling parcels would spoil views from redrock parks while other parcels are hidden well enough in the folds of the landscape.
The review team plans to file a report with Salazar in September.