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S.B. 83

             1     

UINTAH BASIN ENERGY ZONES

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             5     
House Sponsor: John G. Mathis

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies Title 63J, Chapter 8, State of Utah Resource Management Plan for
             10      Federal Lands, by creating the Uintah Basin Energy Zone.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines the term "Uintah Basin Energy Zone";
             14          .    creates the Uintah Basin Energy Zone;
             15          .    adopts an energy exploration, access, and development policy for the Uintah Basin
             16      Energy Zone, including:
             17              .    promoting full, responsible development of energy and mineral resources within
             18      the Uintah Basin Energy Zone; and
             19              .    achieving and maintaining sustainable levels of energy, hard rock, and natural
             20      resources in the Uintah Basin Energy Zone;
             21          .    promotes local, state, and federal collaboration to develop energy and mineral
             22      resources in the Uintah Basin Energy Zone; and
             23          .    makes technical changes.
             24      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          This bill provides an immediate effective date.


             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30          63J-8-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 49
             31          63J-8-105, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 49
             32      ENACTS:
             33          63J-8-105.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34     
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 63J-8-102 is amended to read:
             37           63J-8-102. Definitions.
             38          As used in this chapter:
             39          (1) "ACEC" means an area of critical environmental concern.
             40          (2) "AUM" means animal unit months, a unit of grazing forage.
             41          (3) "BLM" means the United States Bureau of Land Management.
             42          (4) "FLPMA" means the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. Sec.
             43      1701 et seq.
             44          (5) "Forest service" means the United States Forest Service within the United States
             45      Department of Agriculture.
             46          (6) "Multiple use" means proper stewardship of the subject lands pursuant to Section
             47      1031(C) of FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. Sec. 170(C).
             48          (7) "OHV" means off-highway vehicle as defined in Section 41-22-2 .
             49          (8) "Settlement Agreement" means the written agreement between the state and the
             50      Department of the Interior in 2003 (revised in 2005) that resolved the case of State of Utah v.
             51      Gale Norton, Secretary of Interior (United States District Court, D. Utah, Case No.
             52      2:96cv0870).
             53          (9) "SITLA" means the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration as created
             54      in Section 53C-1-201 .
             55          (10) (a) "Subject lands" means the following non-WSA BLM lands:
             56          (i) in Beaver County:
             57          (A) Mountain Home Range South, Jackson Wash, The Toad, North Wah Wah
             58      Mountains, Central Wah Wah Mountains, and San Francisco Mountains according to the


             59      region map entitled "Great Basin Central" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal
             60      for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             61      existed on February 17, 2011; and
             62          (B) White Rock Range, South Wah Wah Mountains, and Granite Peak according to the
             63      region map entitled "Great Basin South" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             64      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             65      existed on February 17, 2011;
             66          (ii) in Box Elder County: Little Goose Creek, Grouse Creek Mountains North, Grouse
             67      Creek Mountains South, Bald Eagle Mountain, Central Pilot Range, Pilot Peak, Crater Island
             68      West, Crater Island East, Newfoundland Mountains, and Grassy Mountains North according to
             69      the region map entitled "Great Basin North" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal
             70      for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             71      existed on February 17, 2011;
             72          (iii) in Carbon County: Desbrough Canyon and Turtle Canyon according to the region
             73      map entitled "Book Cliffs" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in
             74      Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on
             75      February 17, 2011;
             76          (iv) in Daggett County: Goslin Mountain, Home Mountain, Red Creek Badlands,
             77      O-wi-yu-kuts, Lower Flaming Gorge, Crouse Canyon, and Diamond Breaks according to the
             78      region map entitled "Dinosaur" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             79      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             80      existed on February 17, 2011;
             81          (v) in Duchesne County: Desbrough Canyon according to the region map entitled
             82      "Book Cliffs" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             83      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             84      2011;
             85          (vi) in Emery County:
             86          (A) San Rafael River and Sweetwater Reef, according to the region map entitled
             87      "Canyonlands Basin" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in
             88      Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on
             89      February 17, 2011;


             90          (B) Flat Tops according to the region map entitled "Glen Canyon," which is available
             91      by clicking the link entitled "Dirty Devil" at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             92      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             93      existed on February 17, 2011; and
             94          (C) Price River, Lost Spring Wash, Eagle Canyon, Upper Muddy Creek, Molen Reef,
             95      Rock Canyon, Mussentuchit Badland, and Muddy Creek, according to the region map entitled
             96      "San Rafael Swell" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah"
             97      at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             98      2011;
             99          (vii) in Garfield County:
             100          (A) Pole Canyon, according to the region map entitled "Great Basin South" linked in
             101      the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             102      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             103      2011;
             104          (B) Dirty Devil, Fiddler Butte, Little Rockies, Cane Spring Desert, and Cane Spring
             105      Desert Adjacents, according to the region map entitled "Glen Canyon," which is available by
             106      clicking the link entitled "Dirty Devil" at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             107      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             108      existed on February 17, 2011;
             109          (C) Lampstand, Wide Hollow, Steep Creek, Brinkerhof Flats, Little Valley Canyon,
             110      Death Hollow, Studhorse Peaks, Box Canyon, Heaps Canyon, North Escalante Canyon, Colt
             111      Mesa, East of Bryce, Slopes of Canaan Peak, Horse Spring Canyon, Muley Twist Flank,
             112      Pioneer Mesa, Slopes of Bryce, Blue Hills, Mud Springs Canyon, Carcass Canyon, Willis
             113      Creek North, Kodachrome Basin, and Kodachrome Headlands, according to the region map
             114      entitled "Grand Staircase Escalante" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             115      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             116      existed on February 17, 2011; and
             117          (D) Notom Bench, Mount Ellen, Bull Mountain, Dogwater Creek, Ragged Mountain,
             118      Mount Pennell, Mount Hillers, Bullfrog Creek, and Long Canyon, according to the region map
             119      entitled "Henry Mountains" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness
             120      in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on


             121      February 17, 2011;
             122          (viii) in Iron County: Needle Mountains, Steamboat Mountain, Broken Ridge, Paradise
             123      Mountains, Crook Canyon, Hamlin, North Peaks, Mount Escalante, and Antelope Ridge,
             124      according to the region map entitled "Great Basin South" linked in the webpage entitled
             125      "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             126      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             127      2011;
             128          (ix) in Juab County: Deep Creek Mountains, Essex Canyon, Kern Mountains, Wild
             129      Horse Pass, Disappointment Hills, Granite Mountain, Middle Mountains, Tule Valley, Fish
             130      Springs Ridge, Thomas Range, Drum Mountains, Dugway Mountains, Keg Mountains West,
             131      Keg Mountains East, Lion Peak, and Rockwell Little Sahara, according to the region map
             132      entitled "Great Basin Central" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             133      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             134      existed on February 17, 2011;
             135          (x) in Kane County:
             136          (A) Willis Creek North, Willis Creek, Kodachrome Badlands, Mud Springs Canyon,
             137      Carcass Canyon, Scorpion, Bryce Boot, Paria-Hackberry Canyons, Fiftymile Canyon,
             138      Hurricane Wash, Upper Kanab Creek, Timber Mountain, Nephi Point, Paradise Canyon,
             139      Wahweap Burning Hills, Fiftymile Bench, Forty Mile Gulch, Sooner Bench 1, 2, & 3, Rock
             140      Cove, Warm Bench, Andalex Not, Vermillion Cliffs, Ladder Canyon, The Cockscomb, Nipple
             141      Bench, Moquith Mountain, Bunting Point, Glass Eye Canyon, and Pine Hollow, according to
             142      the region map entitled "Grand Staircase Escalante" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's
             143      Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the
             144      webpage existed on February 17, 2011; and
             145          (B) Orderville Canyon, Jolley Gulch, and Parunuweap Canyon, according to the region
             146      map entitled "Zion/Mohave" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness
             147      in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on
             148      February 17, 2011;
             149          (xi) in Millard County: Kern Mountains, Wild Horse Pass, Disappointment Hills,
             150      Granite Mountain, Middle Mountains, Tule Valley, Swasey Mountain, Little Drum Mountains
             151      North, Little Drum Mountains South, Drum Mountains, Snake Valley, Coyote Knoll, Howell


             152      Peak, Tule Valley South, Ledger Canyon, Chalk Knolls, Orr Ridge, Notch View, Bullgrass
             153      Knoll, Notch Peak, Barn Hills, Cricket Mountains, Burbank Pass, Middle Burbank Hills, King
             154      Top, Barn Hills, Red Tops, Middle Burbank Hills, Juniper, Painted Rock Mountain, Black
             155      Hills, Tunnel Springs, Red Canyon, Sand Ridge, Little Sage Valley, Cat Canyon, Headlight
             156      Mountain, Black Hills, Mountain Range Home North, Tweedy Wash, North Wah Wah
             157      Mountains, Jackson Wash, and San Francisco Mountains, according to the region map entitled
             158      "Great Basin Central" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in
             159      Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on
             160      February 17, 2011;
             161          (xii) in Piute County: Kingston Ridge, Rocky Ford, and Phonolite Hill, according to
             162      the region map entitled "Great Basin South" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal
             163      for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             164      existed on February 17, 2011;
             165          (xiii) in San Juan County:
             166          (A) Horseshoe Point, Deadhorse Cliffs, Gooseneck, Demon's Playground, Hatch
             167      Canyon, Lockhart Basin, Indian Creek, Hart's Point, Butler Wash, Bridger Jack Mesa, and Shay
             168      Mountain, according to the region map entitled "Canyonlands Basin" linked in the webpage
             169      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             170      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             171      2011;
             172          (B) Dark Canyon, Copper Point, Fortknocker Canyon, White Canyon, The Needle, Red
             173      Rock Plateau, Upper Red Canyon, and Tuwa Canyon, according to the region map entitled
             174      "Glen Canyon," which is available by clicking the link entitled "Dirty Devil" at the webpage
             175      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             176      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             177      2011;
             178          (C) Hunters Canyon, Behind the Rocks, Mill Creek, and Coyote Wash, according to
             179      the region map entitled "Moab/La Sal" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             180      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             181      existed on February 17, 2011; and
             182          (D) Hammond Canyon, Allen Canyon, Mancos Jim Butte, Arch Canyon, Monument


             183      Canyon, Tin Cup Mesa, Cross Canyon, Nokai Dome, Grand Gulch, Fish and Owl Creek
             184      Canyons, Comb Ridge, Road Canyon, The Tabernacle, Lime Creek, San Juan River, and
             185      Valley of the Gods, according to the region map entitled "San Juan" linked at the webpage
             186      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             187      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             188      2011;
             189          (xiv) in Sevier County: Rock Canyon, Mussentuchit Badland, Limestone Cliffs, and
             190      Jones' Bench, according to the region map entitled "San Rafael Swell" linked at the webpage
             191      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             192      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             193      2011;
             194          (xv) in Tooele County:
             195          (A) Silver Island Mountains, Crater Island East, Grassy Mountains North, Grassy
             196      Mountains South, Stansbury Island, Cedar Mountains North, Cedar Mountains Central, Cedar
             197      Mountains South, North Stansbury Mountains, Oquirrh Mountains, and Big Hollow, according
             198      to the region map entitled "Great Basin North" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's
             199      Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the
             200      webpage existed on February 17, 2011, excluding the areas that Congress designated as
             201      wilderness under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006; and
             202          (B) Ochre Mountain, Deep Creek Mountains, Dugway Mountains, Indian Peaks, and
             203      Lion Peak, according to the region map entitled "Great Basin Central" linked in the webpage
             204      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             205      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             206      2011;
             207          (xvi) in Uintah County:
             208          (A) White River, Lower Bitter Creek, Sunday School Canyon, Dragon Canyon, Wolf
             209      Point, Winter Ridge, Seep Canyon, Bitter Creek, Hideout Canyon, Sweetwater Canyon, and
             210      Hell's Hole, according to the region map entitled "Book Cliffs" linked in the webpage entitled
             211      "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             212      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             213      2011; and


             214          (B) Lower Flaming Gorge, Crouse Canyon Stone Bridge Draw, Diamond Mountain,
             215      Wild Mountain, Split Mountain Benches, Vivas Cake Hill, Split Mountain Benches South,
             216      Beach Draw, Stuntz Draw, Moonshine Draw, Bourdette Draw, and Bull Canyon, according to
             217      the region map entitled "Dinosaur" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for
             218      Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             219      existed on February 17, 2011;
             220          (xvii) in Washington County: Couger Canyon, Docs Pass, Slaughter Creek, Butcher
             221      Knife Canyon, Square Top, Scarecrow Creek, Beaver Dam Wash, Beaver Dam Mountains
             222      North, Beaver Dam Mountains South, Joshua Tree, Beaver Dam Wilderness Expansion, Red
             223      Mountain, Cottonwood Canyon, Taylor Canyon, LaVerkin Creek, Beartrap Canyon, Deep
             224      Creek, Black Ridge, Red Butte, Kolob Creek, Goose Creek, Dry Creek, Zion National Park
             225      Adjacents, Crater Hill, The Watchman, and Canaan Mountain, according to the region map
             226      entitled "Zion/Mohave" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in
             227      Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on
             228      February 17, 2011, excluding the areas that Congress designated as wilderness and
             229      conservation areas under the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009; and
             230          (xviii) in Wayne County:
             231          (A) Sweetwater Reef, Upper Horseshoe Canyon, and Labyrinth Canyon, according to
             232      the region map entitled "Canyonlands Basin" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal
             233      for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage
             234      existed on February 17, 2011;
             235          (B) Flat Tops and Dirty Devil, according to the region map entitled "Glen Canyon,"
             236      which is available by clicking the link entitled "Dirty Devil" at the webpage entitled "Citizen's
             237      Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the
             238      webpage existed on February 17, 2011;
             239          (C) Fremont Gorge, Pleasant Creek Bench, Notom Bench, Mount Ellen, and Bull
             240      Mountain, according to the region map entitled "Henry Mountains" linked at the webpage
             241      entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             242      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             243      2011; and
             244          (D) Capital Reef Adjacents, Muddy Creek, Wild Horse Mesa, North Blue Flats, Red


             245      Desert, and Factory Butte, according to the region map entitled "San Rafael Swell" linked at
             246      the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             247      http://www.protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17,
             248      2011.
             249          (b) "Subject lands" also includes all BLM and Forest Service lands in the state that are
             250      not Wilderness Area or Wilderness Study Areas;
             251          (c) "Subject lands" does not include the following lands that are the subject of
             252      consideration for a possible federal lands bill and should be managed according to the 2008
             253      Price BLM Field Office Resource Management Plan until a federal lands bill provides
             254      otherwise:
             255          (i) Turtle Canyon and Desolation Canyon according to the region map entitled "Book
             256      Cliffs" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             257      http://protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17, 2011;
             258          (ii) Labyrinth Canyon, Duma Point, and Horseshoe Point, according to the region map
             259      entitled "Canyonlands Basin" linked in the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness
             260      in Utah" at http://protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February
             261      17, 2011; and
             262          (iii) Devil's Canyon, Sid's Mountain, Mexican Mountain, San Rafael Reef, Hondu
             263      Country, Cedar Mountain, and Wild Horse, according to the region map entitled "San Rafael
             264      Swell" linked at the webpage entitled "Citizen's Proposal for Wilderness in Utah" at
             265      http://protectwildutah.org/proposal/index.html as the webpage existed on February 17, 2011[;].
             266          (11) "Uintah Basin Energy Zone" means BLM, Forest Service, and SITLA lands
             267      situated in the following townships in Duchesne and Uintah counties, as more fully illustrated
             268      in the map prepared by the Uintah County GIS Department in February 2012 entitled "Uintah
             269      Basin Utah Energy Zone":
             270          (a) in Duschesne County, Township 3N Range 4W, Township 3N Range 3W,
             271      Township 3N Range 2W, Township 3N Range 1W, Township 2N Range 6W, Township 2N
             272      Range 5W, Township 2N Range 4W, Township 2N Range 3W, Township 2N Range 1W,
             273      Township 1N Range 9W, Township 1N Range 8W, Township 1N Range 7W, Township 1N
             274      Range 6W, Township 1S Range 9W, Township 1S Range 8W, Township 4S Range 9W,
             275      Township 4S Range 3W, Township 4S Range 2W, Township 4S Range 1W, Township 8S


             276      Range 15E, Township 8S Range 16E, Township 8S Range 17E, Township 5S Range 9W,
             277      Township 5S Range 3W, Township 9S Range 15E, Township 9S Range 16E, Township 9S
             278      Range 17E, Township 6S Range 9W, Township 6S Range 8W, Township 6S Range 7W,
             279      Township 6S Range 6W, Township 6S Range 5W, Township 6S Range 3W, Township 10S
             280      Range 15E, Township 10S Range 16E, Township 10S Range 17E, Township 7S Range 9W,
             281      Township 7S Range 8W, Township 7S Range 7W, Township 7S Range 6W, Township 7S
             282      Range 5W, Township 7S Range 4W, Township 10S Range 11E, Township 10S Range 12E,
             283      Township 10S Range 13E, Township 10S Range 14E, Township 10S Range 15E, Township
             284      10S Range 16E, Township 10S Range 17E, Township 11S Range 10E, Township 11S Range
             285      11E, Township 11S Range 12E, Township 11S Range 13E, Township 11S Range 14E,
             286      Township 11S Range 15E, Township 11S Range 16E, and Township 11S Range 17E; and
             287          (b) in Uintah County: Township 2S Range 18E, Township 2S Range 19E, Township
             288      2S Range 20E, Township 2S Range 21E, Township 2S Range 22E, Township 2S Range 23E,
             289      Township 2S Range 24E, Township 2N Range 1W, Township 2N Range 1E, Township 2N
             290      Range 2E, Township 3S Range 18E, Township 3S Range 19E, Township 3S Range 20E,
             291      Township 3S Range 21E, Township 3S Range 22E, Township 3S Range 23E, Township 3S
             292      Range 24E, Township 4S Range 19E, Township 4S Range 20E, Township 4S Range 21E,
             293      Township 4S Range 22E, Township 4S Range 23E, Township 4S Range 24E, Township 4S
             294      Range 25E, Township 5S Range 19E, Township 5S Range 20E, Township 5S Range 21E,
             295      Township 5S Range 22E, Township 5S Range 23E, Township 5S Range 24E, Township 5S
             296      Range 25E, Township 6S Range 19E, Township 6S Range 20E, Township 6S Range 21E,
             297      Township 6S Range 22E, Township 6S Range 23E, Township 6S Range 24E, Township 6S
             298      Range 25E, Township 7S Range 19E, Township 7S Range 20E, Township 7S Range 21E,
             299      Township 7S Range 22E, Township 7S Range 23E, Township 7S Range 24E, Township 7S
             300      Range 25E, Township 8S Range 17E, Township 8S Range 18E, Township 8S Range 19E,
             301      Township 8S Range 20E, Township 8S Range 21E, Township 8S Range 22E, Township 8S
             302      Range 23E, Township 8S Range 24E, Township 8S Range 25E, Township 9S Range 17E,
             303      Township 9S Range 18E, Township 9S Range 19E, Township 9S Range 20E, Township 9S
             304      Range 21E, Township 9S Range 22E, Township 9S Range 23E, Township 9S Range 24E,
             305      Township 9S Range 25E, Township 10S Range 17E, Township 10S Range 18E, Township 10S
             306      Range 19E, Township 10S Range 20E, Township 10S Range 21E, Township 10S Range 22E,


             307      Township 10S Range 23E, Township 10S Range 24E, Township 10S Range 25E, Township
             308      11S Range 17E, Township 11S Range 18E, Township 11S Range 19E, Township 11S Range
             309      20E, Township 11S Range 21E, Township 11S Range 22E, Township 11S Range 23E,
             310      Township 11S Range 24E, Township 11S Range 25E, Township 12S Range 20E, Township
             311      12S Range 21E, Township 12S Range 22E, Township 12S Range 23E, Township 12S Range
             312      24E, Township 12S Range 25E, Township 13S Range 20E, Township 13S Range 21E,
             313      Township 13S Range 22E, Township 13S Range 23E, Township 13S Range 24E, Township
             314      13S Range 25E, Township 13S Range 26 E, Township 14S Range 21E, Township 14S Range
             315      22E, Township 14S Range 23E, Township 14S Range 24E, Township 14S Range 25E, and
             316      Township 14S Range 26 E.
             317          [(11)] (12) "Wilderness area" means those BLM and Forest Service lands added to the
             318      National Wilderness Preservation System by an act of Congress.
             319          [(12)] (13) "WSA" and "Wilderness Study Area" mean the BLM lands in Utah that
             320      were identified as having the necessary wilderness character and were classified as wilderness
             321      study areas during the BLM wilderness review conducted between 1976 and 1993 by authority
             322      of Section 603 of FLPMA and labeled as Wilderness Study Areas within the final report of the
             323      President of the United States to the United States Congress in 1993.
             324          Section 2. Section 63J-8-105 is amended to read:
             325           63J-8-105. Maps available for public review.
             326          A printed copy of the maps referenced in [Subsection] Subsections 63J-8-102 (10) and
             327      (11) shall be available for inspection by the public at the offices of the Utah Association of
             328      Counties.
             329          Section 3. Section 63J-8-105.5 is enacted to read:
             330          63J-8-105.5. Uintah Basin Energy Zone established -- Findings -- Management
             331      and land use priorities.
             332          (1) There is established the Uintah Basin Energy Zone in Uintah and Duschesne
             333      Counties for the purpose of maximizing efficient and responsible development of energy and
             334      mineral resources.
             335          (2) The land area and boundaries of the Uintah Basin Energy Zone are described in
             336      Subsection 63J-8-102 (11) and illustrated on the map described in Section 63J-8-105 .
             337          (3) The state finds that:


             338          (a) the lands comprising the Uintah Basin Energy Zone contain abundant, world-class
             339      deposits of energy and mineral resources, including oil, natural gas, oil shale, oil sands,
             340      gilsonite, coal, phosphate, gold, uranium, and copper, as well as areas with high wind and solar
             341      energy potential; and
             342          (b) the highest management priority for all lands within the Uintah Basin Energy Zone
             343      is responsible management and development of existing energy and mineral resources in order
             344      to provide long-term domestic energy and supplies for Utah and the United States.
             345          (4) The state supports:
             346          (a) efficient and responsible full development of all existing energy and mineral
             347      resources located within the Uintah Basin Energy Zone, including oil, oil shale, natural gas, oil
             348      sands, gilsonite, phosphate, gold, uranium, copper, solar, and wind resources; and
             349          (b) a cooperative management approach among federal agencies, state, and local
             350      governments to achieve broadly supported management plans for the full development of all
             351      energy and mineral resources within the Uintah Basin Energy Zone.
             352          (5) The state calls upon the federal agencies who administer lands within the Uintah
             353      Basin Energy Zone to:
             354          (a) fully cooperate and coordinate with the state and with Uintah and Duchesne
             355      Counties to develop, amend, and implement land and resource management plans and to
             356      implement management decisions that are consistent with the purposes, goals, and policies
             357      described in this section to the maximum extent allowed under federal law;
             358          (b) expedite the processing, granting, and streamlining of mineral and energy leases
             359      and applications to drill, extract, and otherwise develop all existing energy and mineral
             360      resources located within the Uintah Basin Energy Zone, including oil, natural gas, oil shale, oil
             361      sands, gilsonite, phosphate, gold, uranium, copper, solar, and wind resources;
             362          (c) allow continued maintenance and increased development of roads, power lines,
             363      pipeline infrastructure, and other utilities necessary to achieve the goals, purposes, and policies
             364      described in this section;
             365          (d) refrain from any planning decisions and management actions that will undermine,
             366      restrict, or diminish the goals, purposes, and policies for the Uintah Basin Energy Zone as
             367      stated in this section; and
             368          (e) refrain from implementing a policy that is contrary to the goals and purposes


             369      described within this section.
             370          (6) The state calls upon Congress to establish an intergovernmental standing
             371      commission among federal, state, and local governments to guide and control planning
             372      decisions and management actions in the Uintah Basin Energy Zone in order to achieve and
             373      maintain the goals, purposes, and policies described in this section.
             374          Section 4. Effective date.
             375          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             376      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             377      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             378      the date of veto override.




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