BLM postpones Utah coal lease sale; sage grouse concerns

By The Associated Press

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has postponed the sale of a big coal lease in central Utah after four conservation groups filed an appeal aimed at protecting sage grouse habitat.

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has postponed the sale of a big coal lease in central Utah after four conservation groups filed an appeal aimed at protecting sage grouse habitat.

The agency announced Tuesday that the Greens Hollow coal lease sale originally scheduled to be offered Thursday in Salt Lake City will be stayed for 45 days unless the U.S. Board of Land Appeals rules on the challenge before then.

The appeal and petition for a stay was filed Sept. 12 by the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the Grand Canyon Trust.

The Greens Hollow lease covers more than 9 square miles of the Manti-La Sal and Fishlake national forests in Sanpete and Sevier counties. The BLM estimates the land contains more than 55 million tons of recoverable coal.

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