Utah governor talking tough, but not calling for battle with the feds

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  • Bill Vernal, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Governor Herbert says Secretary Salazar's new Wildlands policy is a land grab. From what I understand the then Gov. Leavitt and Interior Secretary Norton agreement of 2003 was done in complete secrecy. It removed protection for roughly 2.6 million acres of Wilderness Quality Lands in Utah, and renounced the BLM's longstanding authority to protect and recommend new Wilderness Areas. Salazar's directive simply reverses that agreement.

  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Maybe Governor Herbert can put bids out to pave over Federally designated wilderness... one way to make some "more" campaign money from this effort

  • pikap1868 Layton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    @jsutamacguy- So this is a huge conspiracy by the Obama Administration to punish Utah? Well, that makes sense... And if you do compare the money that drilling brings in to what "granola crunchers" bring in, I pretty sure the "granola crunchers" generate more money.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    They don't hate the United States, the United States hates Utah. There is only about 2 million acres of land in Utah that MIGHT qualify as REAL wilderness. If you are a business man you have to sell product to make money wilderness does not sell bulk product. Wilderness is only for a very few participants. Every community that is near a wilderness designated area loses money and business. A case-in-point would be Vernal and Roosevelt. Since the lose of the drilling out there on it's "lands with wilderness quality" designation riggers have lost jobs and those who support them have lost income. People are moving out and others are declaring bankruptcy and losing homes and equipment. If you compare the dollars that were made daily by the drillers, you could not make that back if you filled every motel in the two cities with granola crunchers every day. If this is Obama's idea of more jobs and energy independence it is worse than his health care plan or his bail out money. Utah citizens will pay for it in the end. This is how you punish someone for not voting for you.

  • pikap1868 Layton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    Why does our governor and state legislature hate The United States of America?

  • jaxon Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Utah needs to realize they are in the United States and not the Utah Territory.We have our hands out for money all the time and can't have it both ways when we don't approve on some issues.Bring Hatch and Lee home and oor other political leaders if you hate Washington so bad

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    The sppech by the govenor reminds me of 7th grade talking tough in front of your friends.

    At the end of the day it is just talk