By Christina B. Farnsworth |
For now, 71 public-land parcels across eastern Utah will remain off limits to oils and gas drilling.
The Supreme Court refused to hear a case that sought to reinstate 2008-era leases on these public land parcels. Some of them were located near Moab, Utah, as well as Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Desolation Canyon, and Dinosaur National Monument.
The Moab Times-Independent quoted Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) attorney Steve Bloch, “The Supreme Court’s decision means it’s the end of the line for this lawsuit. On the other side, Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee was disappointed the court chose not to hear the case, which petitioners hoped would reverse a 2012 ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of appeals. That case upheld former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision to withdraw the leases.
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