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(KSL News) It appears more land will be spared from drilling in Utah.
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management pulled oil and gas drilling leases located near Dinosaur National Monument, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The bureau announced late yesterday it also will pull auction parcels from inside Nine Mile Canyon and from nearby Desolation Canyon on the Green River.
Together with previous deferrals, the BLM has pulled nearly 100,000 acres from the auction set for Dec. 19.
BLM says to date, the upcoming lease sale will offer oil and gas parcels on a total of 276,025 acres of public land and geothermal parcels totaling 146,339 acres in Utah.