The U.S. Department of Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management has officially wrapped up a lengthy eight-year review process which culminated in the approval of more than 1200 new natural gas wells in the Uinta Basin. Gasco, the recipient of the leases, estimates that this will support 200 new jobs in the Basin. Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to today's announcement:
"As a region that is largely supported by jobs in the field of energy development, the Uinta Basin has been hit hard by this Administration. The cancellation of 77 leases three years ago had a devastating impact on jobs, families, and communities. While these new leases took far too long to be approved, amounting to what is the better part of a decade, I am grateful that the Administration recognized the importance of utilizing the abundant energy resources that exist within the Basin. While this seems like the result of election year politics, I'm pleased by today's announcement. In fact, maybe if we had a presidential election every year, we might actually get closer to true energy independence."