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H.J.R. 10 Enrolled







Chief Sponsor: Aaron Tilton

Senate Sponsor: Mike Dmitrich

             8      Cosponsors:
             9      Douglas C. Aagard
             10      Sylvia S. Andersen
             11      Roger E. Barrus
             12      Ron Bigelow
             13      Jim Bird
             14      DeMar Bud Bowman
             15      Melvin R. Brown
             16      David Clark
             17      Stephen D. Clark
             18      Greg J. Curtis
             19      Bradley M. Daw
             20      Brad L. Dee
             21      Glenn A. Donnelson
             22      John Dougall
             23      Jack R. Draxler
             24      Carl W. Duckworth
             25      James A. Dunnigan
             26      Ben C. Ferry
             27      Julie FisherLorie D. Fowlke
Craig A. Frank
Gage Froerer
Kevin S. Garn
Kerry W. Gibson
James R. Gowans
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Neil A. Hansen
Wayne A. Harper
Christopher N. Herrod
Kory M. Holdaway
Gregory H. Hughes
Fred R. Hunsaker
Eric K. Hutchings
Brad King
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. Last
Rebecca D. LockhartSteven R. Mascaro
John G. Mathis
Kay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Michael T. Morley
Paul A. Neuenschwander
Merlynn T. Newbold
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Paul Ray
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Gordon E. Snow
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Stephen H. Urquhart
Mark W. Walker
R. Curt Webb
Carl Wimmer
Bradley A. Winn              28     
             29      LONG TITLE
             30      General Description:
             31          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges Congress and the United States Bureau of
             32      Land Management not to limit public access to public lands in Utah either through
             33      wilderness designation in H.R. 1919, the so-called “Hinchey Bill,” or through Bureau of
             34      Land Management regulatory processes.
             35      Highlighted Provisions:

             36          This resolution:
             37          .    urges Congress not to enact federal legislation designating additional "wilderness”
             38      on public lands within Utah without the unanimous support of Utah's congressional
             39      delegation;
             40          .    urges the United States Bureau of Land Management not to restrict access to
             41      existing public lands in Utah under its jurisdiction through so-called “wilderness
             42      characteristics” options in resource management plans; and
             43          .    reaffirms the Legislature's strong support for continued public access and multiple
             44      use regarding public lands.
             45      Special Clauses:
             46          None
             48      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             49          WHEREAS, currently, Utah lands are significantly encumbered and controlled by a
             50      variety of federally managed public lands and other government designations;
             51          WHEREAS, the people of Utah rely on access to public lands for a large number of
             52      economic purposes;
             53          WHEREAS, these purposes include oil and natural gas development, mining, outdoor
             54      recreation and other multiple uses, rights of way for transportation, waterlines, electric
             55      transmission, and telecommunication lines;
             56          WHEREAS, the state of Utah's economy relies on these important industries to fuel its
             57      economy and tax base;
             58          WHEREAS, energy price increases have a disproportionately negative impact on Utah's
             59      poor individuals and families;
             60          WHEREAS, Utah schools and local governments are among the benefactors of access
             61      to Utah public lands;
             62          WHEREAS, H.R. 1919, sponsored by Congressman Maurice Hinchey of New York,
             63      proposes to deny Utah citizens access and multiple use to more than nine million acres of Utah

             64      federal lands through a wilderness designation;
             65          WHEREAS, the Uintah Basin contains 80 billion barrels of known recoverable shale oil
             66      reserves;
             67          WHEREAS, the Uintah Basin contains 12 billion barrels of known recoverable oil from
             68      oil sands;
             69          WHEREAS, oil from domestic oil shale and oil sands production will significantly
             70      reduce the United States energy security vulnerability;
             71          WHEREAS, the proposed wilderness area would preclude development of oil shale and
             72      oil sands production in areas of the Uintah Basin;
             73          WHEREAS, the entire Utah Congressional delegation opposes H.R. 1919;
             74          WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering
             75      resource management plan revisions that would restrict access to existing public lands in Utah
             76      through so-called "wilderness characteristics" options;
             77          WHEREAS, attempting to withdraw over nine million acres in Utah from public access
             78      is without precedent;
             79          WHEREAS, if successful, this effort by Congress will cost Utah hundreds of millions of
             80      dollars in lost revenues that help fund local communities and schools;
             81          WHEREAS, locking away much of Utah's valuable mineral resources from
             82      environmentally sound development not only hurts Utah economically, but also weakens
             83      America by hamstringing the production of more energy in Utah; and
             84          WHEREAS, less American energy means more imported energy from hostile nations,
             85      some with ties to terrorist organizations that despise the United States:
             86          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             87      urges Congress to reject H.R. 1919.
             88          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges the BLM not to limit the
             89      public's access to public lands under its jurisdiction.
             90          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges BLM to approve resource
             91      management plans without "wilderness characteristics" designations before the end of 2008.

             92          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Congress to not enact any
             93      wilderness designations in Utah without the unanimous support of Utah's congressional
             94      delegation.
             95          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Majority
             96      Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,
             97      the President of the United States, and the members of Utah's congressional delegation.

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