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Utah agency criticized for selling O&G leases in excised portions of Bears Ears NMon

Bluff • Weeks before the November election, a Utah agency leased 33 units of land to mineral and hydrocarbon companies.

The offerings are a routine practice for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), which uses the money raised to help fund public schools. But environmentalists criticized the October sale’s inclusion of four oil-gas leases in San Juan County that overlap with the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, as they were designated by President Barack Obama in 2016, and could potentially complicate a future land exchange.

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