The plan is part of the highly controversial Gasco Natural Gas Development Project, which the Bureau of Land Management approved in 2012. That decision initially approved nearly 1,300 new oil and gas wells in Utah’s greater Desolation Canyon region.
With only nine weeks, or potentially even less, left in the Congressional calendar, and without a bill introduced in the Senate, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on Representative Rob Bishop's Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI), in Blanding, Utah.
The Utah Public Lands Initiative Act (PLI) introduced today by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop fails to recognize the areas of agreement reached between conservation groups, the state of Utah, counties, and other stakeholders that many places containing unsurpassed beauty, recreational opportunities
The resolution supports adding 23,903 acres to the existing High Uintas Wilderness Area and supports establishing several areas to protect the watersheds and water quality on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains.