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Environews: San Rafael Master Leasing Plan comments due Jan. 20

By Amy Brunvand

The San Rafael Swell is getting a new Master Leasing Plan, too. As part of the 2010 oil and gas leasing reform initiative, the BLM Price and Richfield field office seeks public comments on a San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan to guide decisions related to oil and gas leasing on approximately 525,000 acres of public land in the San Rafael Desert in Emery and Wayne Counties, Utah. This plan will provide a framework for determining which areas are appropriate for responsible oil and gas exploration and development and also provide direction for resolving resource conflicts, protecting important conservation resources, supporting outdoor recreation, and other activities that benefit local communities and other public land visitors.

Public comments are due by January 20 to BLM Price Field Office, 125 S. 600 West, Price, UT 84501 or email comments to: San Rafael. Desert Master Leasing Plan:

This article was originally published on January 10, 2017.