Energy & Environment
2:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Advocates: Oil Shale Will Deplete Water Resources

Oil shale resources in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming
Aberdeen National Laboratory

  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.

A court settlement last week between Western Resource Advocates and Chevron resulted in the disclosure that Chevron’s plan for developing oil shale in Colorado would require up to 120-thousand acre-feet of water annually.  That’s more water than Salt Lake City uses in a year.

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Energy & Environment
6:31 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps

Streamlining -- and speeding up -- the government land-exchange process will help get more land into conservation and more funds into schools. That's what the Bishop-DeFazio bill intends to do.
Credit Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration


New, bipartisan legislation in Congress would advance public education and conserve important landscapes by making it easier to transfer lands between government agencies.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:27 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal

Corona Arch near Moab is in one of the parcels traded to the BLM by the state of Utah
Utah Institutional Trust Lands Administration

  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.

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.  But it’s taken years to finalize the details. 

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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
3:05 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

School Board Backs Book Cliffs Leasing

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT1) and Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell speak to the Utah State Board of Education
Dan Bammes

  The State Board of Education 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. 

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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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Environment & Public Lands
5:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  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.  Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat. 

The governor told reporters at the state capitol Thursday afternoon the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has done a good job getting money out of Utah’s state lands, but in this case, it needs to look at a long-term strategy that could bring in even more in the long run.

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3:41 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Utah Treasurer Announces Record Earnings for Public Schools

Utah schools will be getting a little extra boost from the School LAND Trust Program.  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.

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