Utah congressional delegation blasts Salazar order

02/16/2009
Republicans in Utah’s congressional delegation angrily responded to US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s order to cancel 77 federal oil and gas leases in the state that were sold in December.“Here we are trying to work through a terrible economic downturn, and the recently empowered liberal elitists decide to officially begin their war on US energy security,” US Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said after Salazar announced on Feb. 4 that he would order the US Bureau of Land Management to reject 77 leases auctioned on Dec. 18 because they were too close to Arches National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Nine-Mile Canyon.“The argument that these leases have been cancele...
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