Two Hatch-Introduced Utah Land Bills Pass the Senate
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Two land conveyance bills introduced by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unanimously passed the U.S. Senate last night. The Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (S.27/H.R.356) facilitates the exchange of 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of federal land in the northern portion of the reservation in eastern Utah. The Provo River Project Transfer Act (S.211/H.R.255) makes a technical change to the Provo River Project Transfer Act of 2004 in order to transfer the title of the Provo Reservoir Canal to the Provo River Water Users Association.
“Our commonsense legislation gives Utahns greater opportunity to manage the specified lands and structures as they see fit,” Hatch said. “The Hill Creek land exchange creates an important new opportunity for energy development in our state. The Provo River Transfer Act will finally give the Provo River Water Users Association the title of the Provo Reservoir Canal and give them the authority to manage the Canal as necessary. These laws are good for Utah and I encourage the President to sign them into law soon.”