Today the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals made the right decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by oil and gas companies and three Utah counties attempting to force the issuance of the long-dead 77 leases. Those 77 leases were located in places like Arches and Canyonlands national park regions, Desolation Canyon, Labyrinth Canyon, and the White River. These are special, magnificent places that should be preserved in their natural state rather than being sacrificed for the short-term gain of a few. This is a welcome ruling. Read the decision in Impact Energy v. Salazar here: http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/11/11-4043.pdf.

David Garbett