12/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush Admin Wants To Open Tens Of Thousands Of Acres Near National Parks For Drilling

The Bureau of Land Management has expanded its oil and gas lease program in eastern Utah to include tens of thousands of acres on or near the boundaries of three national parks, according to revised maps published this week.

National Park Service officials say that the decision to open lands close to Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument and within eyeshot of Canyonlands National Park was made without the kind of consultation that had previously been routine.

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