U.S. House passes balanced public land protection bill

May 15, 2013
The Wilderness Society applauds the continued momentum and looks forward to tomorrow’s Senate committee vote

The Wilderness Society today applauded the U.S. House for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act.  The legislation is expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow.

The Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356/S.27) would provide the opportunity to advance the preservation of one of the most important wilderness landscapes in the lower 48 states. It would do so in a way that benefits the Ute Indian Tribe and State of Utah as well.  It is sponsored in the House by Rep. Rob Bishop (R, UT-1), and co-sponsored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R, UT-3), Jim Matheson (D, UT-4) and Chris Stewart (R, UT-2).   It is sponsored in the in the Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

“This is a classic piece of ‘win-win’ legislation,” said Paul Spitler, director of wilderness campaigns at The Wilderness Society.  “It is a win for the environment, a win for the Tribe, and a win for the people of Utah. We are thrilled to see the legislation advance and hope the Senate will send it to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

The vote is a further sign of continued momentum that The Wilderness Society is hopeful will mark a stark difference between the 112th and 113th Congress. The 112th Congress was the first Congress since 1966 to not protect a single acre of wilderness. It was also the first Congress since World War II to not protect a single new acre of public land as a Park, National Monument, or Wilderness Area.

Paul Spitler
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