Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA) members testified in front of Congress today in support of the Advancing Conservation and Education Act of 2014 (ACE). H.R. 4901 is a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR). This legislation would provide a mechanism for the United States to acquire lands… Read more »
The SITLA Oil and Gas, and Minerals groups held their quarterly lease offerings in July, generating more than $940,000 for beneficiaries. This lease offering generated more than $930,000 in bonus bids, largely in oil and gas within Duchesne County. The offering also resulted in lease of a 2,560-acre mining parcel in Garfield County and a… Read more »
SITLA joined land commissioners from 22 other states for the Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA) in Bismarck, North Dakota. Commissioners discussed and debated several policy issues, of which the federal Clean Water Act and proposed EPA rule change affecting waters of the United States attracted the most attention. Read the full WSLCA news release.
The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration issued a revised following unauthorized public entry on state trust lands permitted for mine development in connection with U.S. Oil Sands operations at PR Springs in Uintah and Ground counties. To protect public health and safety, the includes a boundary map to confirm and clarify all areas closed… Read more »
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation, which will protect Ute tribal lands while generating oil and gas revenues for the Ute Tribe, Utah’s public schools, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Passed yesterday, the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356/S.27) allows the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to… Read more »