Red Rocks Wilderness Act Opposed

Published on April 19, 2013 at 01:34PM

Utah’s Congressional delegation is urging Congress to oppose the Red Rocks Wilderness Act. That piece of legislation was introduced by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and it would mandate the creation of nearly nine and half acres of designated wilderness areas in Utah, nearly one-fifth of the state’s entire land mass. In a letter sent to past supporters of similar legislation, Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Representatives Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart wrote that “the sponsors and cosponsors of this bill will not be from Utah. In fact, Utah elected officials, including the governor, state legislative leadership, rural county commissioners and Utah’s Republican and Democratic members of Congress have unanimously opposed the bill.” The members of Congress note that the Red Rocks Wilderness Act would jeopardize jobs in the energy industry which are among the highest paying jobs in rural Utah.