Wildlife group objects to Utah oil auction | AspenTimes.com

Wildlife group objects to Utah oil auction

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALT LAKE CITY – A big-game conservation group is objecting to a government lease auction of drilling parcels in prime wildlife habitat of Utah.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will offer 53,000 acres for oil and gas drilling on Tuesday around Fillmore, Price and Vernal.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has protested drilling in Utah’s west desert and another big-game habitat, the East Tavaputs Plateau bordering the wild Green River.

The group says development will spook herds of elk and mule deer from prime winter grounds when they’re hungry, tired and just looking for a safe place to hunker down in the coldest months.

The BLM says it rejected the partnership’s protests because they came in several weeks too late to be considered.

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