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While Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, applauded Tuesday’s announcement, he also accused the Obama administration of repeatedly closing off more and more federal lands to energy production, a claim the administration has denied.

“Utahns have gotten used to the Obama Administration closing off federal lands to domestic energy production, so this announcement is a long time coming,” Hatch said. “The fact is that much more has to be done to open up more of our state’s land to development.”

Associated Press writers Brian Skoloff and Josh Loftin contributed to this report.