Book Cliffs

Environment & Public Lands
3:15 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Agreement Reached to Delay Drilling in Book Cliffs

Bogart Canyon in Utah's Book Cliffs
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

  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. 

The agreement between Governor Gary Herbert’s office, Anadarko Petroleum and the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, will allow a lease to go ahead.  But Robin Olsen with Anadarko says they won’t drill in the sensitive Bogart Canyon area before January of 2016.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Book Cliffs Compromise in the Works

The Book Cliffs near Green River, Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  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.  

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.  Sportsmen’s groups and environmentalists say the area is pristine wildlife habitat and ought to be preserved.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Group Criticizes State Management of Book Cliffs

This BLM map shows state-owned land in the Book Cliffs in blue
Bureau of Land Managment

  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.

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