Park Service asking BLM to back off on Utah drilling |

Park Service asking BLM to back off on Utah drilling

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALT LAKE CITY ” More talks set for Tuesday could resolve objections to oil and gas drilling near some of Utah’s national parks.

Denver-based regional Park Service director Mike Snyder is trying to stop the auction of 50,000 acres of drilling parcels on or near the borders of Arches National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park.

Snyder sat down Monday in Salt Lake City with Selma Sierra, the Utah state director for the Bureau of Land Management, and asked her to pull the parcels from a Dec. 19 auction list.

They planned to talk again Tuesday by telephone, then announce a decision resolving the Park Service concerns, according to a statement from both negotiators.

A Park Service spokesman said an announcement was likely by mid-afternoon.

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