US to auction drilling rights near national monument in Utah
September 1, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal land managers said Friday they will allow drilling for publicly owned oil and gas near Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah despite concerns about disrupting the area.
The Bureau of Land Management announced plans to offer drilling rights on about 145 square miles (380 square kilometers) in a December online auction.
The agency cited President Donald Trump's goal of increasing domestic energy production.
In a news release, officials said energy companies would be required to take steps to protect air and water quality.
Utah Republican Gov. Gary Her...