USBLM proceeds with O&G leases near Dinosaur NMon, Great Basin NP
SALT LAKE CITY –Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted oil and gas lease sales which included parcels alarmingly close to both Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Development of these parcels could negatively affect the natural resources, recreation opportunities and scenic vistas sought out by hundreds of thousands of visitors that both of these parks provide.
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Utah, conservation organizations, ranchers and local leaders have all cautioned about developing specific parcels adjacent to Dinosaur NM. Four of the parcels put up for sale today would fall within the direct view of the Quarry Visitor Center and the world-famous Carnegie Fossil Quarry. The BLM sold each of the five parcels of most concern for a total of just over $230,000.