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SITLA and Andadarko Petrolium Agree to Delay Exploration in Bogart Canyon

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September 16, 2013

Salt Lake City — The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation have agreed to delay exploratory mineral lease activities within the 18,000-acre Bogart Canyon area of the South Book Cliffs until 2016. The agreement was reached yesterday in a meeting with representatives of SITLA, Anadarko, and the offices of Governor Gary R. Herbert and Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01).

The initial contract remains largely intact, allowing for oil and natural gas exploration on three large school trust parcels in the Book Cliffs area of Uintah and Grand counties. The modification discussed yesterday will only delay activities on the southern parcel known as Bogart Canyon, an area deemed most sensitive by wildlife groups, while keeping the balance of the exploration timelines of the original agreement in place. 

This modification essentially aligns with Anadarko’s exploration plan, which calls for initial exploratory activities to begin in the northern part of the 96,000-acre option area and works southward over time. 

The SITLA Board of Trustees intends to consider the proposed modification at its September 26 meeting in St. George. Public input will be taken at that meeting. The SITLA Board also intends to create an advisory committee to provide input on appropriate wildlife management and mitigation considerations associated with the exploratory lease activities.

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