SITLA http://kuer.org en Advocates: Oil Shale Will Deplete Water Resources http://kuer.org/post/advocates-oil-shale-will-deplete-water-resources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental group says developing oil shale in the West would require enormous amounts of water – and it’s pointing to a recent court case to back up its argument.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 48953 at http://kuer.org Advocates: Oil Shale Will Deplete Water Resources Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps http://kuer.org/post/bipartisan-bill-simplifies-land-swaps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>New, <a href="http://robbishop.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=385128" target="_blank">bipartisan legislation</a> in Congress would advance public education and conserve important landscapes by making it easier to transfer lands between government agencies.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:31:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 48133 at http://kuer.org Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal http://kuer.org/post/utah-blm-sign-land-swap-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s governor and the state director of the Bureau of Land Management have formalized a land exchange involving 60-thousand acres in southern and eastern Utah.</p><p>The land exchange has been in the works since 2009, when then-Senator Bob Bennett and Congressman Jim Matheson worked to pass a bill authorizing the deal.&nbsp; But it’s taken years to finalize the details.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:27:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 46012 at http://kuer.org Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal Agreement Reached to Delay Drilling in Book Cliffs http://kuer.org/post/agreement-reached-delay-drilling-book-cliffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s governor has struck a deal with an oil company to hold off on drilling in an area of the Book Cliffs that’s prized for its wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:15:36 +0000 Dan Bammes 35384 at http://kuer.org Agreement Reached to Delay Drilling in Book Cliffs School Board Backs Book Cliffs Leasing http://kuer.org/post/school-board-backs-book-cliffs-leasing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.schools.utah.gov/main/">State Board of Education</a> has endorsed the decision by Utah’s state trust lands agency to move ahead with a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs, even though a member of Congress and the governor’s office was asking them to hold off.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:05:25 +0000 Dan Bammes 35043 at http://kuer.org School Board Backs Book Cliffs Leasing Book Cliffs Compromise in the Works http://kuer.org/post/book-cliffs-compromise-works <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert’s office is trying to work out a deal with Utah’s state lands agency on a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs. &nbsp;</p><p>Last week, Governor Herbert asked the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, to hold off on a drilling lease in an area of the Book Cliffs in Grand County.&nbsp; Sportsmen’s groups and environmentalists say the area is pristine wildlife habitat and ought to be preserved.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:04:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 34933 at http://kuer.org Book Cliffs Compromise in the Works Group Criticizes State Management of Book Cliffs http://kuer.org/post/group-criticizes-state-management-book-cliffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An environmental group says the decision to lease a large area of the Book Cliffs for oil and gas exploration shows Utah can’t manage its own public lands.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:12:50 +0000 Dan Bammes 34872 at http://kuer.org Group Criticizes State Management of Book Cliffs Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs http://kuer.org/post/gov-herbert-resists-oil-leasing-book-cliffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:08:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 34559 at http://kuer.org Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs Utah Treasurer Announces Record Earnings for Public Schools http://kuer.org/post/utah-treasurer-announces-record-earnings-public-schools <p></p><p>Utah schools will be getting a little extra boost from the School LAND Trust Program.&nbsp; The state treasurer announced Friday that school trust fund investments received record earnings, pushing the total value over 1.6 billion dollars at the end of the state’s fiscal year in June.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:41:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 32330 at http://kuer.org Utah Treasurer Announces Record Earnings for Public Schools