Wilderness bill chokes Utah energy development?

As debate continues to heat up surrounding America’s need for more domestic energy, the state of Utah is once again thrust onto center stage.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, wilderness areas around the Grand-Escalante Staircase National Park contain roughly 65 million barrels of recoverable oil and another 1,500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  The problem is, such oil drilling has met with widespread opposition by environmental groups which have supported legislation to close off nearly nine million acres of crucial energy development.  With nearly 40% of Utah possibly closed off as wilderness area, only time will tell whether the state’s energy potential will be boom or bust!

 

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