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Over enviros’ objections, DOI to auction O&G leases near Utah NMons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites.


The auction comes as the administration of President Donald Trump seeks to boost domestic energy production by expanding federal leasing and rolling back land protections – an agenda that has cheered industry but outraged environmentalists.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-utah-energy/u-s-interior-department-offers-oil-leases-near-utahs-wilderness-monuments-idUSKBN1GW1AL

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