Reports Environment & Energy:
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who chairs the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, yesterday said the decision could be a sticking point when Interior officials meet with his office in the coming weeks to discuss the administration's 2013 budget.
"Once again, the Obama administration caved in to their liberal environmentalist allies and said no to creating jobs and lowering energy costs for Utahns," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), in a statement. "The Energy Department says there's nearly a trillion barrels of recoverable oil in the three-state region from oil shale, and 90 percent of that is on federal lands."