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By Brice Wallace

While a few speakers at the recent Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit were optimistic that a new presidential administration will result in a new day for energy development, others cast doubts about whether it can happen in four years, if at all.

The concerns of the latter group focused on whether President Trump’s policies will trickle down to the decision-makers at the regional office levels of federal agencies.

Among those expressing hope were Jack Gerard, president and chief executive officer of the American Petroleum Institute, and Gov. Gary Herbert. They told the 1,100 summit attendees that Trump could prompt several changes, including shifting decision-making power to states on energy matters.

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