AW Protests Oil and Gas Leases Scheduled for Auction in Southern Utah
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the regulatory agency that manages many of the leases necessary to drill for oil and gas on public land, is planning an auction of parcels in southern Utah that has the potential to impact iconic southwestern rivers. American Whitewater has joined with the Utah Rivers Council, outfitters and other business owners to protest specific parcels scheduled for auction on December 19th.
The BLM removed many parcels in Desolation and 9 Mile Canyons, but there are still a few in the area. The few remaining are not in the river corridor and thus are not part of the protest. All of the parcels on the Colorado were pulled and some outside of Dinosaur. There are still several in Labyrinth of Green River and a few along Green near Dinosaur. View a map of the proposed areas for lease.
Download a copy of the joint letter protesting the sales of specific parcels here.