Underreported: Opening Public Land for Drilling in Utah

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On Election Day, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a Dec. 19 auction of over 50,000 acres of oil and gas parcels right next to national parks in Utah. Steve Bloch, attorney for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, explains why Utah’s Park Service and national conservation groups are concerned.


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Comments [4]


Would love to see a test of govt. eminent domain under Obama, in a case like this.... in the name of preservation!

(Say, if it can be proven that the state is not making a certain amount of $ on the transaction, or simply for preservation's sake).

Nov. 20 2008 02:31 PM
Josh Rudder from Brooklyn

Thanks Leonard for these two segments on the administration's shenanigans in the war against environmental regulation. This is exactly the kind of thing that NPR almost never covers, and which the public at large is in ignorance of. Kind of surreal, though, to have these segments after listening to a hack like Jonathan Alter wax about being pro-torture and believing the WMD story. Leonard: why didn't you hold his feet to the fire?

Nov. 20 2008 02:16 PM
Melinda Hunt

Where I am from, Alberta, oil leases expire if they don't go into production and go back to the Province. Does that happen in UTah?

Nov. 20 2008 01:58 PM
j from nyc

do the companies that already own leases also get a tax break on the leases they're not presently drilling on?
also, i heard there is a shortage of drills anyway. there's only 33% of the drills available out of the total necessary?

Nov. 20 2008 01:52 PM

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