Watching Government: Making a difficult decision

The Western Energy Alliance asked the US Department of the Interior's Board of Land Appeals on Jan. 13 to overturn Bureau of Land Management Utah Director Juan Palma's Nov. 14, 2013, decision to defer 57 tracts from an oil and gas lease sale 5 days later. Palma took the step after the Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA) sent him a letter nearly 2 months after the sale's protest period had ended, the Denver-based association of independent producers said. "The group did not even bother to comment during the prescribed analysis or protest phases, two separate opportunities over several months for the public to participate," said Kathleen Sgamma, WEA's vice-president of gove...

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