When someone wants to deter any part of Utah state government from drilling an oil well on land that would be much better used for something else, it is apparently helpful if some of those someones are known to carry large rifles.
Friday it was announced that pressure from Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop themselves pressured by hunters and anglers who favor the unspoiled region of southeast Utah known as Bogart Canyon has been successful in moving the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration away from a deal that would have allowed fossil-fuel exploration and drilling in that part of Utah's Book Cliffs.
SITLA had reached in secret a deal with Anadarko Petroleum for leases in a 96,000-acre expanse. It was considered a coup for the independent agency that exists only to squeeze state-owned land for income that will go to support the state's underfunded public schools.