News / Utah / 

Groups complain about land plan comment procedures

Groups complain about land plan comment procedures



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Four environmental groups say the Bureau of Land Management did not seek public comment on amendments to land-management plans that are associated with oil shale development.

The Wilderness Society, Western Resource Advocates, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter this week to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

The letter says BLM ignored federal law to expedite commercial development of oil shale without allowing the public a chance to object to the land management plans in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

Utah BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall says the Interior Department approved the land management plan amendments without a protest period because of a congressionally mandated timeframe in the 2005 Energy Policy Act.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Related Links

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast