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Governor: Fossil fuels will remain big part of economy

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says that while the state is moving toward using more renewable energy, fossil fuels will remain important to the economy for the next generation.

Herbert’s comments came Thursday during an appearance with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Utah Energy Development Summit in Salt Lake City. Environmental activists say the annual conference is too focused on oil and gas.

Herbert also criticized new federal rules for hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. He announced Monday that Utah would join other western states, including Colorado, suing over the regulations taking effect next month.

The four annual energy summit attracted about 1,100 government officials and business people this week.

Attendees visited booths from an array of companies and organizations between speeches on topics like rural energy development.

In related news, Colorado joins lawsuit against BLM.

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