30 Jun '16, 4pm

Public Lands Development Rigged in Favor of Oil and Gas

Public Lands Development Rigged in Favor of Oil and Gas

This directly conflicts with the BLM’s own guiding principle that some lands, especially those with low potential energy resources, be managed for conservation, wildlife habitat and recreation. Public Lands Development Rigged in Favor of the Oil and Gas Currently, nearly 32 million acres of BLM lands are leased for oil and gas development, including areas that do not contain oil and gas. Lands under lease remain unavailable for any other use, even when they are not actively under development. And the majority of these leased lands—60 percent—remain undeveloped due to oil and gas companies hoping for future profits if energy prices rise or the land could be sold. In the end, it is the American people who lose because the development of our public lands is rigged in favor of the oil and gas industry . Acres of wild-land that may be too sensitive for drilling are still never ...

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2016/06/30/public-lands-oil-gas-devel...

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