The United States Bureau of Land Management received $3,519,914 in bonus bids for federal oil and gas lease rights on 52 parcels involving nearly 76,000 acres in Utah during the agency's quarterly sale.
In addition, the sale netted $113,442 in first year rentals and $7,280 in administrative fees for $3,640,636.00 in total revenues.
Bro Energy of Salt Lake City submitted the highest bid per acre at $1,025 on a parcel containing 120 acres located in Carbon County.
Stonegate Resources of Park City submitted the highest total bid per parcel at $454,500 on 1,817.57 acres in Uintah County.
The Division of Wildlife Resources would like to remind shed antler hunters to stay on approved roads and trails this season, according to a press release from the DWR.
The division reports that in early spring, at the same time deer and elk are losing their antlers, the ground is muddy and vulnerable. Vehicles leave deep tracks, causing erosion and reducing the land's productivity and driving political opposition to OHV use and shed antler hunting.
"Once you arrive at a shed antler hunting area please park your vehicle and walk to the area," said DWR representative Carl Gramlich. "Also it is best to pack your collected sheds to the open road for later pickup and please leave the area as good as you found it.
On Feb. 29 the U.S. Department of Energy decided to allow the use of trucking in transporting residual radioactive materials away from the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings site in Grand County.
"The department's decision to permit the use of trucking is a step in the right direction towards achieving the 2019 deadline," said Bennett. "I am pleased the department has examined other transportation options to expedite the cleanup of the Moab site in a more cost efficient way."
The DOE's September 2005 record of decision selected rail transportation as the preferred method for removing the mill tailings pile.