Oil and gas auction nets more than $3 million in Utah

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    Sept. 13, 2018 8:31 p.m.

    Not only could development spoil these lands, but the leases are being given away at rock bottom prices. The article indicates 3 million for 134000 acres. That's only about $22 per acre! Many oil leases for private lands in the Uintah Basin go for $200-500 per acre. Royalties related to these leases are 15-20%. The article does not indicate royalty amounts, but if similar to the low per acre lease fees, the BLM is giving away our oil. This adds insult to injury. We are leasing our precious lands for oil production and GIVING AWAY THE OIL. This needs to stop.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 7:27 a.m.

    As one who has known Moab and the surrounding area for six decades there have been a number of changes. Yes you can see a uranium mine here and there or run into a gas or oil well occasionally, you can go see where old western movies were set and of course you can still see some cow pies here and there. All these left their mark to one extent or another.

    No other change has been as drastic, no other change has been as “devastating”, as some claim an occasional oil or gas well is, as has been the “discovery” of the area in the last 25 years. It is the numbers of people who come in a visitors and the number of people who decide they want to build their retirement, dream or vacation home there who have done the most damage to this area of the state. We advertise for more people to come and see the beauty but human presence comes with a price.

  • BigLib Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 12:49 a.m.

    Well done BLM. This means more jobs and economic development for hard pressed rural Utahns. Utah already has enough of its Public Lands locked up in National Parks and Monuments.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 4:36 p.m.

    '"The effect of oil and gas leasing near an area as pristine beautiful and important to the American West as Canyonlands National Park cannot be ignored," said Walt Dabney, a former superintendent of Arches and Canyonlands national parks.'

    It's not enough for these people that we have set aside national parks were none of this can happen. No they don't want it to happen anywhere in the general vicinity! We have set aside and protected millions of acres of land in these parks. They include vast swaths of barren land as buffer zone around the beautiful geologic features. This is becoming ridiculous. We all need fuel to drive our cars to see these wonderful places.

    I hope this guy doesn't drive a car, fly in an airplane or wear synthetic clothing.

  • holy moly Herrmian, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 4:00 p.m.