SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah will have to sell one of its trust lands parcels to gain access to its drilling rights.
In a sale for unusual reasons, board members Thursday authorized the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration to sell the 210-acre parcel in San Juan County.
The Guymon family offered to buy the parcel's surface rights for $174,000 for cattle grazing while granting access for energy leasing. The parcel is located five miles north of Blanding.
SITLA officials say it's a win-win deal that opens for possible energy development an idle parcel that was so isolated and landlocked nobody could legally reach it.
The agency manages a checkerboard of 3.4 million acres of trust lands granted at Utah statehood. It leases and sells some of the land for development to raise money for public schools.
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