Daily News - Page 31 of 31

  • January 13th, 2010

    A reminder from Southern Utah that public lands belong to us all…

    "Since federal land belongs to all U.S. citizens, congressmen from New
    York and Utah have an equal say regarding the use of federal lands
    within Utah. If you don't like that constitutional fact, you can move
    to eastern states that contain little or no federal land." Read more – Spectrum

    Rogue dirt bikers trash Moab area park on Thanksgiving

    "Sand Flats staff reported that dirt bikes had ridden off-road and
    off-trail in backcountry areas, “ruthlessly” destroying vegetation that
    Sand Flats officials said has been carefully nurtured over the years as
    workers have attempted to recover the area from extensive vehicle
    damage that occurred in the early 1990s."
    Read more – Moab Times-Independent

  • January 12th, 2010

    County sets aside lawsuit over bogus roads in the San Rafael Swell

    Emery County is ready to
    abandon a lawsuit that sought ownership of seven back roads in the San
    Rafael Swell region on the advice of the Utah Attorney General’s
    office, which lacks evidence to prove the claims.” Read more – Salt Lake Tribune

    SUWA video makes the news Read more – Utah Policy Daily

    Salazar’s proposed oil and gas leasing reforms a promising start

    “The bureau, he declared bluntly, would no longer be a “candy store” for
    an oil and gas industry that (mixing his metaphors) had been allowed to
    act like “kings of the world” during the Bush years.” Read more – New York Times editorial

    New pipeline recommendations cause environmental concerns

    “Federal regulators are recommending approval of two natural gas
    pipelines that could sharply increase fuel shipments from the Rockies
    to population centers in the Midwest and on the West Coast.The Rockies hold an estimated 375 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or almost as much as the Gulf of Mexico.” Read more – Associated Press

  • January 11th, 2010

    KCPW airs debate featuring our Conservation Director Steve Bloch on Secretary Salazar's proposed oil & gas leasing reforms

    "Environmentalists are lauding Interior Secretary
    Ken Salazar’s new guidelines for oil and gas leasing on public lands, an issue
    that hits home in Utah
    after the secretary controversially pulled dozens of leases from an auction in
    late 2008.  But energy developers says they’ll lead to unnecessary delays." Listen – KCPW

    High Country News columnist commends Nine Mile Canyon deal

    "The world's longest outdoor art gallery will finally get
    some protection from the gas drilling that threatens it. Eastern Utah's Nine Mile
    , some 78 miles
    long, contains hundreds of homesteaders’ cabins, stage stops, cliff dwellings
    and granaries, and more than 10,000 Anasazi and Fremont petroglyphs." Read More – HCN

    Apparently not everyone appreciates Utah's cultural treasures…

    "What's the big deal? I found myself thinking. If any of this
    gets lost we can put some third graders to work on nearby unmarked rocks."  Read More – Deseret News

  • January 7th, 2010

    Salt Lake Tribune praises oil and gas leasing reform, calls for higher standard of land management
    “Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promised to bring a “balanced approach” to permitting more drilling for oil and natural gas in America’s Western states. That will be a welcome change, and not only for people concerned about protecting fragile arid lands, wildlife, water and air quality, but for energy development companies.” Read More – Salt Lake Tribune

    New York Times coverage of Salazar’s proposed reforms
    “The interior secretary, Ken Salazar, said Wednesday that his department would conduct more rigorous reviews of oil and gas
    leasing on public lands, declaring that the agency would no longer be a “candy store” for the petroleum industry, as he said it had been during the Bush administration.
    Read More – New York Times

  • January 5th, 2010

    Salt Lake Tribune lauds agreement to protect Nine Mile Canyon
    “It is our responsibility to protect the delicate and beautiful things of the Earth, including, along with nature’s wonders, the treasures we’ve inherited from the people who lived thousands of years ago in the land we now call Utah. We would be cheating our children and grandchildren if we were to allow those things to be ruined in our rush to take fossil fuels from the ground.” (Jan 5 Editorial, Salt Lake Tribune)

    Federal agencies may have to consider climate before they act
    “The Obama administration may issue an order that would expand the National Environmental Policy Act’s scope to prevent global warming. The move could open up new avenues to challenge projects.” (Jan 1, Los Angeles Times)