UT counties seek pipeline grazing rights help

LOGAN, Utah — Officials in five Utah counties want Gov. Gary Herbert to back an effort to protect livestock grazing on public lands where a developer is building a natural gas pipeline.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling told The Herald Journal the governor is sensitive to the counties’ concerns, and the state public lands policy chief is monitoring the issue.

A letter from Cache, Box Elder, Rich, Uintah and Tooele counties seeks Herbert’s support to ensure grazing rights won’t be affected in the Utah portion of the 680-mile Ruby Pipeline.

Pipeline developer El Paso Corp. has begun work on the 42-inch natural gas conduit across Utah and Nevada from Wyoming to Oregon.

Company spokesman Richard Wheatley says company officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., want to review the counties’ letter before commenting.


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