Sarah Thomas of Conserve Southwest Utah reported to members of the House Natural Resources Committee this week that The Bureau of Land Management wants to route a four-lane highway through federal lands in Utah that were purchased with Land and Water Conservation Fund money.
Sarah Thomas of Conserve Southwest Utah and Tu-Wee the Mojave Desert Tortoise
As reported in the St. George Spectrum and E&E News:
"There are strict requirements about what can happen on lands purchased with these funds and a highway is something that just cannot be done," Tom Butine, who serves as board president of CSU, told The Spectrum. "We’re asking the House Natural Resources Committee to stop this NEPA process and to stop the BLM and the County and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) from approving their preferred route. Set the decision aside and say, 'no, we can’t do that, that’s illegal.'”
“We will not sit idly while BLM abuses the public's trust and diverts millions of dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to pave paradise and put up a four-lane highway," said Todd Tucci, senior attorney for Advocates for the West, a Boise, Idaho-based law firm working with the groups.”