The Bureau of Land Management’s Utah state office on Friday decided to defer 99,960 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in and around the San Rafael Swell, which has been considered for everything from National Monument to National Park status.
In her first major policy speech, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell condemned Congress for the recent federal government shutdown and called for adequate funding of national parks and public lands.
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A review of the most recent contingency plans shows that under a government shutdown, federal land management agencies would be required to close national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests to the general public but keep them open to most oil, gas, and mining operations.