Watching Government: A controversial Utah decision

Two Utah politicians who normally support oil and gas development questioned a decision by the state's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration to lease acreage it controls in the Book Cliffs area between Vernal and Moab. "This land has the potential to generate millions of dollars in Utah's school trust fund," Gov. Gary R. Herbert and US Rep. Rob Bishop said in a Sept. 5 letter to the Utah Board of Education, which oversees SITLA. "Under virtually any other circumstance, we would applaud this entire move." But the proposed agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. would include a roadless area that is "a critical element in an ongoing, broader Utah land ...

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