Western Attorneys General Cast Doubt On Land Push

Oct 3, 2016

A new legal analysis from a group of Western attorneys general casts doubt on many of the arguments Utah has put forward in its push to gain control of millions of acres of federal land.

The Boulder Mountains in central Idaho.
Credit Idaho Bureau of Land Management

The report, based on two years of work by the Conference of Western Attorneys General, doesn't address every argument Utah has floated. But it points out decisions by the Supreme Court and other federal courts that could put Utah on shaky ground if it sues the U.S. government for control.

The analysis was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Critics of Utah's lands push say it's one more sign that a lawsuit, which could cost up to $14 million, has little chance of succeeding.

Messages left with defenders of Utah's push for federal lands were not returned Friday.