As part of the amended agreement, Anadarko will hold off exercising other Book Cliffs options in One Eye Canyon until Jan. 1, 2015. Sportsmen's groups were most concerned about 18,000 acres in the largely roadless Bogart Canyon area, popular with elk and deer hunters. That land will be off limits until Jan. 1, 2016.
The delay, SITLA officials say, will give Herbert and Bishop time to explore federal land trade opportunities.
"The lower roadless area has tremendous values beyond traditional energy resources, and their conservation is a worthwhile endeavor," Bishop said while asking SITLA to reconsider the agreement. "We intend to work with all parties involved to ensure that everyone gains something. We continue to make great progress toward creating policies that will allow for energy development, outdoor recreation and habitat conservation."
SITLA trustee board members Jim Lekas and Tom Batchell were assigned to serve on the advisory committee, which was created to make recommendations to SITLA and Anadarko on natural resource impacts.
The agreement drew waves of public criticism in the days after news of the contract emerged.
"Trust lands are not public lands, and we must do a better job of educating the general public about SITLA's work and purpose," SITLA Board Chairman Steve Ostler said in prepared release. "While we understand Utahns have an interest in all Utah lands, the 8 percent of the state managed by SITLA must be managed to benefit public schools, universities, schools for the deaf and blind and other institutions, and not specific interest groups or the public-at-large."