Sen. Bob Bennett and Rep. Rob Bishop respond to a report released Thursday by the Dept. of Interior detailing Secretary Ken Salazar's plans to prevent the reinstatement of oil and gas leases he withdrew during his first weeks as Secretary.
Says Bennett: "I am encouraged that the [report] acknowledged that at least 30 leases may be reinstated. I will continue to work with the department on the ongoing review to ensure that the conditions under which these leases are restored are reasonable and not simply an obstacle to a final resolution."
Says Bishop: "While the report tries to take the tone of moderation, it actually throws dedicated Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees under the bus and continues to perpetuate inaccuracies about the seven-year comprehensive, open and public land management planning process. Worst of all, this decision destroys and imperils hundreds of jobs in my state and directly harms the schoolchildren of Utah. ... I will continue doing everything in my power to fight for the hundreds of people who are harmed by Secretary Salazar and the politically motivated, wrong-headed, energy decisions emerging from this administration."