Enviros cheer, critics jeer report on 'flawed' oil leases


To environmentalists, the Interior Department report finding a "flawed" process for doling out oil and gas leases in Utah last December was vindication. To pro-drilling interests, the findings were an infuriating political hatchet job.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, simply called it "crap."

But Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, whose temporary block on the nomination of Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes spurred the report, sounded a more conciliatory note.

He said in a statement he was "grateful for the department's expeditious review," and was "encouraged" that some 30 of the 77 leases shelved after the auction may be reinstated.