August 6, 2009

Senate approves Utah land swap deal

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The U.S. Senate has approved a land-swap bill that backers said would protect wilderness acreage in Utah while also giving energy companies access to energy-rich areas.

Reporter Matt Canham of the Salt Lake Tribune explains the deal, which involves a more than four-year effort to allow the exchange of 40,000 acres between the federal government and Utah’s school trust lands.

The legislation would create more revenue for Utah schools, which would be able to issue mining leases on the land they got in exchange for giving the government scenic land with wilderness qualities.

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