ST. GEORGE, Utah (WR) — The federal Bureau of Land Administration canceled a deliberate sale of land in Southeast Utah for use for oil drilling following opposition from county and municipal officers.
The land between Arches and Canyonlands nationwide parks is not going to be included within the bureau’s September sale, The Spectrum studies.
The company mentioned Tuesday it’s going to provide greater than 42 sq. miles (109 sq. kilometers) of land to buy through the week of September 28, however is not going to embrace parcels inside Grand or San Juan counties.
The cancellation got here after Grand County Council and Moab Metropolis Council wrote to the bureau searching for an finish to the sale.
The remaining land to be offered is in Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, Emery, Duchesne and Uintah counties.
The remaining parcels will assist vitality trade jobs, the company mentioned, noting that in fiscal 12 months 2019 the state obtained $47.1 million from oil and gasoline revenues on federal land.
“The BLM helps the recreation and tourism trade as an vital income in Utah, whereas additionally responsibly leasing and supporting our nation’s vitality independence,” the bureau’s Utah State Director Greg Sheehan mentioned in an announcement.