Drilling headed to Utah’s Uintas

Nearly 65,000 acres on the Uinta Mountains’ North Slope have been leased for oil and gas. Now a Texas company wants to drill an exploratory well on an old lease that has been “unitized” with a large block of leases around Gilbert Creek and Smith Fork. The story of the so-called Platte Petroleum projectBlacks Fork shows how federal leasing can encumber natural landscapes for decades with the threat of energy development. The U.S. Forest Service is completing an environmental assessment of the exploratory project, but conservationists want a much more thorough analysis. — Brian Maffly

Brian Maffly reports in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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