The U.S. House of Representatives today approved two bills supported by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) conveying federal land to the State of Utah.
The first, S. 684, authorizes the conveyance of no more than two acres located within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest to the town of Alta, Utah. Having previously passed in the Senate, this measure will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law.
The second bill, H.R. 4027, facilitates the exchange of approximately 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of federal land just outside the reservation in eastern Utah. This measure assists the Ute Tribe with a long-sought land exchange that will help preserve tribal cultural lands, provide new opportunities for potential energy development that would benefit the state school trust fund, and offer expanded oil and natural gas production in Utah's Uintah Basin. This bill will now head to the Senate for consideration.
"Small land transfers of merely two-acres may seem insignificant to some but in a state consisting of more than 65% federal land, it represents a victory for the community of Alta. I was happy to help assist the town of Alta in this effort and am pleased that my colleagues in the House joined in support of this legislation," said Bishop. "I am also pleased that the House approved legislation to assist the Ute tribe with this long-sought land exchange, which helps preserve sensitive tribal cultural lands, while also providing new opportunities for energy development in the basin."