The judge’s decision puts Utah’s forests at risk for oil exploration

Green River, Utah – The federal government has resumed the process of leasing 6,600 hectares of Utah forests, despite a presidential decree to cut off all oil and gas rental on public lands in January.

A federal judge recently overturned President Joe Biden’s directive after the oil industry filed a lawsuit in June and ordered the Land Administration (BLM) to resume leasing.

When the decision reopens the process, BLM does not necessarily offer the land for auction.

Newell argued, “It is their legal right to offer these leases, but only as a matter of principle, to protect our property, not to protect our property. Within that framework, more rent for oil and gas development makes little sense.

The four Utah bundles are located in the Ginta Valley next to the Green River, and the other is near the San Rafael Reef Desert north of Goblin Valley Park.

Newell emphasized that the Blues would move forward by leasing land, believing that anything could happen.

“They are taking public opinion on what kind of wealth to think about,” Newell explained. “What should they look at before they offer these leases? And that could be climate change, it could be wildlife, it could be water resources, it could be desert nature.”

Nuclear extraction from fossil fuels on public lands accounts for about a quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In the decades to come, Colorado’s Plato and the Utah Red Sea will have some of the worst effects.

“This is a recurring theme of fear and anxiety over the years. The agency has decided to go to the streets to approve development on that lease for all practical purposes by leasing oil and gas leases.

The BlueM is still receiving public comments on the lease proposal, and the agency will release a second comment period after releasing a draft analysis of the plan.

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