Today, approximately 25 local businesses sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management St. George Field Office opposing a plan to sell three oil and gas leases near to Zion National Park. The businesses join a chorus of concern for the leases. Washington County, the City of Springdale, and over 40,000 citizens have also voiced concerns for the proposed lease sale.
Reps. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Kevin McCarthy (R-California) recently sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel calling on her to halt efforts to finalize the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s draft rule that would cut natural gas waste by limiting flaring and venting and ensuring modern technologies are used to address leaky equipment for oil and gas wells on public and tribal lands.
This week the Bureau of Land Management hosted open houses in Moab and Monticello to showcase a range of alternatives in their draft Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP). At these open houses—which were attended by local government officials, members of the recreation community, conservation advocates, industry representatives, and local citizens—the BLM provided an overview of the draft plan, responded to questions, and took public comments.