Reports The Hill:
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) offered some faint praise, calling it "good news for Utah" that "undoubtedly provides a glimmer of hope that all is not lost with this Administration’s policies on public land use."
But he also said the administration has thwarted development in his state, and used the occasion to bash Interior’s proposal last week to impose new regulations on the gas oil-and-gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing. Bishop said they are “onerous” and will impede development of projects including the Anadarko drilling.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) praised the jobs and energy the project will bring, but stopped well short of applauding the Obama administration.
“Utahns have gotten used to the Obama Administration closing off federal lands to domestic energy production, so this announcement is a long time coming,” he said Monday evening ahead of Interior’s Tuesday press conference.
(See also related Bloomberg story.)