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Gary Herbert

Utah congressmen unveil draft of public lands plan

Two Utah congressmen unveiled a draft plan Wednesday that calls for protecting 4 million acres of public land in Utah in exchange for freeing up more than 1 million acres for recreation and oil and gas development.

Critics immediately said the proposal that had been touted as a grand compromise actually favors energy development over conservation.

Republican Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz spent three years meeting with local officials, energy developers, ranchers, environmentalists and others as they drafted the plan.

"There is something in this for everyone to like," Bishop said. "There is something in this for everyone to hate."