Utah, other states reconsider Wild Lands lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming, Utah and Alaska are reconsidering a lawsuit against the federal government over a public lands policy withdrawn Wednesday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.Environmentalists out West bemoaned the end of the short-lived Wild Lands policy, though a regional oil and gas industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, is praising the policy’s demise.The plan announced in December would have made millions of acres of undeveloped land available for wilderness protection.Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other critics said the plan could have held up drilling and other types of job-creating development. Alaska and Wyoming are seeking to join Utah in a lawsuit opposing the policy.Mead spokesman Renny MacKay says the three states are reconsidering the litigation.

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