The Wilderness Society praises Congress for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356 / S. 27). The legislation provides for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah’s mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another part of the reservation.
The bill was passed in the Senate yesterday and was approved by the House of Representatives in May 2013. It is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. The bill was first introduced by Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
“This legislation will help protect one if the most ecologically critical and culturally sensitive lands in the country,” says Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Campaigns at The Wilderness Society. “At the same time, it will increase revenue for the Utah schools and the tribe. It is a win for the environment, the tribe and the state.
“We applaud Congressman Bishop and Senator Hatch for their leadership and commitment in securing passage of this important bill.”