Wednesday, February 4, 2009

For those who love red rock, some good news

The Obama administration has cleaned up a few more disasters left by the Bush administration today, notably removing 77 Utah oil drilling leases issued by the Bureau of Land Management in Bush's last month from auction.

In the original BLM leases offered, oil drills could've been seen from scenic Delicate Arch (pictured above) and near four other national parks in the state. Environmental groups from throughout the American west joined a lawsuit to stop the sale, but the Bush administration carried through the auction anyway. A court later halted drilling until the threat to public land could be more carefully reviewed. Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took the leases off the table entirely.

1 comment:

T said...

did you take that pic?!