john andrewsThe U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released for public comment, draft planning documents that may relieve Utah energy producers from regulatory restrictions imposed to protect the greater sage grouse by the previous administration. The BLM’s preferred alternative for amending 14 resource management plans (RMPs) in Utah will release 448,600 acres of land — mostly in oil-and-gas rich Uintah County — from restrictive federal management directives, create additional flexibility for project developers in addressing impacts on the species and align federal actions with Utah’s successful sage grouse management program.

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